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Officials: Folk Ballad Inspiration Recaptured

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a convict and inspiration
for a folk ballad about a man who stole a Wal-Mart trailer to see
his dying mother has been captured in Florida, two weeks after
escaping from custody in Georgia.

The Polk County sheriff's office says it arrested 34-year-old
Christopher Daniel Gay on Monday in the parking lot of a Lakeland
Wal-Mart in a stolen tractor-trailer.

He had escaped in Kennesaw, Ga., on March 3, during
transportation to Tennessee to face charges of stealing another
trailer in January 2007 to try to get to his mother. He also is
accused of stealing country singer Crystal Gayle's tour bus.

Gay is the main character in a 2007 song, "The Ballad of
Christopher Daniel Gay," by Grammy-award winning bluegrass picker
Tim O'Brien.

Police say he never did see his mother who soon died.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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