Inmate escapes from Deer Ridge prison near Madras

Inmate escapes from Deer Ridge prison near Madras
Clinton Swearingen

MADRAS, Ore. -- State troopers and Jefferson County sheriff's deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Deer Ridge Correction Institution in central Oregon.

Investigators say Clinton Swearingen II escaped late Sunday night. He had only been in prison a couple of months on convictions of theft and burglary. He's white, 5-foot-10 and 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

He's likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and a Department of Corrections logo stenciled on the knee, as well as a blue T-shirt with the DOC logo on it.

If you have seen him or know where he is, call Oregon State Police at (800) 452-7888.