VIDEO: Escaped inmate on the run in Hayward

Photo Courtesy: Alameda County Sheriff's Office

HAYWARD (KRON) — Alameda County sheriff’s deputies are currently searching for a prisoner who escaped in Hayward Tuesday morning.

Kentucky authorities were transporting Shawn New from the Santa Rita Jail to SFO for a flight back to Boone county Kentucky. About 9:45 am, New, who was handcuffed, jumped out of the car, as it was in stop and go traffic on Interstate 880 in Hayward. The suspect ran south on 880, before jumping a wall at the “A” street exit and disappearing into the neighborhood.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly says deputies were called to the scene and blanketed the area, but so far have been unable to find new.

New is described as a 27-year-old Caucasian man, wearing a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans, and brown shoes. He was also handcuffed at the wrists.

Boone County Sheriff’s deputies were transporting new back to Kentucky where there was a warrant out for his arrest. New had been on probation there after being convicted of credit card fraud. If captured, he will also face felony escape charges in California.

Sgt. Kelly says new has no history of violence, and most of his encounters with California law enforcement have been for traffic related offenses.

In fact, New had been in the Santa Rita jail following a January 13th arrest by Hayward CHP for driving under the influence.

Authorities are not saying what New’s ties are to the Bay Area or where he may have been living prior to his stay at the Santa Rita Jail.

At this time Kelly says it’s unknown if the escape was planned or a spur of the moment decision.

Alameda County Sheriff’s officials are encouraging new to turn himself in.

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