THOMASVILLE -- A handcuffed man who escaped from lawmen Jan. 30 surrendered at the Thomas County Jail a few minutes before noon Monday.

Lanier Jamar Smiley, 21, 331 Victoria Place, was released a little more than three hours later -- at 3:12 p.m. -- on a $14,100 bond set by Thomas County Chief Magistrate Andy Seery.

The suspect is charged with escape, cocaine possession and criminal damage to government property. The latter charge is in connection with the handcuffs Smiley was wearing when he escaped.

On the Sunday afternoon Smiley escaped from Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents, officers learned Smiley had crack cocaine in his blue Pontiac Grand Am, which was parked in a front of a Fifth Avenue house.

A deputy knocked on the door, Smiley came out, and the two walked to the car. Agents searched the vehicle and found crack cocaine in the console area.

As the deputy turned to say something to suspect's girlfriend, Smiley, whose hands were cuffed behind him, took off on foot.

Officers chased Smiley into a wooded area and lost him.

The narcotics/vice division supervisor, Kevin Lee, thinks Smiley had the 'cuffs cut off, but the suspect said differently.

"He said he slid them off his wrists as he was running," Lee explained.

At the time of the escape, Smiley was out of jail on a $5,100 bond after being charged 11 days earlier with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and cocaine possession.

Officers executed a search warrant at Smiley's residence that day and found him asleep on a sofa with 15 bags of marijuana packaged for sale in his pockets.



Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.



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