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GETTYSBURG  – A search was underway this morning for an escapee from Adams County Prison.

Police said James Shealer, 37, escaped at about 7 a.m. today from the county’s adult correctional facility​ at 45 Major Bell Lane ​in Straban Township.

James Shealer, 37, escaped from Adams County Prison Thursday morning.

He is 5 Foot, 8 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He was wearing orange sweatpants and a white t-shirt at the time of his escape. As of mid-morning, police said His whereabouts are currently unknown. 

Shealer was serving a sentence on a DUI charge, police said. Online court records show the DUI charges date back to 2017. He has two pending cases stemming from drug charges and failure to file a tax return. Both cases date to last September.

He was arrested on a probation violation in connection with the 2017 DUI charge Sept. 19, the day after his arraignment on charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Shealer pleaded guilty this month to the charge of failure to file a tax form with the York Adams tax office. He has a payment determination hearing next March.

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Anybody who sees Shealer should contact 911 immediately. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact the Pennsylvania State Police Gettysburg barracks at 717-334-8111

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