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Trooper Arrests Shutter Creek Correctional Institution Escapee South of Coos Bay
04/12/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Julie Martin
SCCI Public Information Officer
(541) 751-2243

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper arrested a Shutter Creek Correctional Institution escapee Tuesday morning south of Coos Bay following a report of a suspicious person walking along Highway 101. The inmate had walked away Monday from a work crew between Coquille and Bandon, just off Highway 101.
 
MICHAEL LEE BAKER, age 21, was returned to custody in Coos County on April 12, 2011. At approximately 9:42 a.m. OSP Trooper Ben Looney was working overtime enforcement in a local highway construction zone when he overheard a report of a suspicious person walking northbound along Highway 101 about eight miles south of Coos Bay. Looney located the subject about 3 miles south of where he was working and noted he matched the BAKER's description.
 
Looney arrested BAKER at 10:30 a.m. on an outstanding warrant for Escape in the Second Degree. BAKER, who was cold and wet, was lodged at the Coos County Jail.
 
According to Oregon Department of Corrections, BAKER walked away from a Shutter Creek Correctional Institution work crew on April 11, 2011. BAKER was incarcerated June 24, 2008 on eight counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle out of Lane County. His projected release date was February 8, 2014.