A man who escaped from a prison van, stole a Walmart truck to try to visit his dying mother, then swiped singer Crystal Gayle's tour bus and was arrested in Daytona Beach was on the lam again Wednesday after escaping in Georgia, authorities said.
If that all sounds as if it would make a great ballad ... well, it already has.
In his latest exploits, Christopher Daniel Gay slipped out of leg irons, waist chains and handcuffs and escaped from a deputy Tuesday in Kennesaw, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He first got away in January 2007 while being transported to Tennessee to face charges of stealing the big truck, officials said. He also is accused of stealing country singer Crystal Gayle's tour bus.
Coffee County Sheriff Steven Graves said the deputy stopped to eat and use the restroom at a restaurant when the 34-year-old Gay escaped.
After his escape in 2007 from a prison van, Gay allegedly stole a pickup in South Carolina, a tractor-trailer cab in Georgia and a Walmart tractor-trailer in Tennessee.
Gay was the main character in a 2007 song titled "The Ballad of Christopher Daniel Gay" by Grammy-winning bluegrass picker Tim O'Brien.
News reports and O'Brien's song said Gay stole the trailer and tried to visit his mother. She died of cancer weeks later, and he never saw her.
Police say he abandoned the rig within 50 yards of his mother's home near Nashville as authorities closed in. Gay was later spotted driving Gayle's tour bus and was arrested in Daytona Beach.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun