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Officers use training drone to track down escaped Ohio inmate

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FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — Police say a drone helped them track down an inmate shortly after he escaped from a northern Ohio jail.

Fremont detective Roger Oddo said the department had just finished its second day of training with the $4,000 drone when the call came about the escape Tuesday afternoon.

An officer on the ground spotted the inmate crawling in a ditch after the drone had been launched. The officer alerted the drone operator that the suspect was directly below the drone, and other officers closed in, Oddo said.

Oddo said the department plans to use the drone to track suspects, locate missing children and map crime scenes.

The 31-year-old inmate is back behind bars at the Sandusky County Jail.

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