Agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation located an inmate who escaped from Baseline Conservation Camp in Jamestown over 200 miles away on Friday night in a town of more than 30,000 just north of Bakersfield. 

Jason Stout, 40, was taken into custody by the Office of Correctional Safety Special Services Unit and local law enforcement at approximately 8:55 p.m. in Oildale, according to a CDCR press release.

The public information officer for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Oildale is approximately 218 miles from Tuolumne County and is located just off Highway 99.

According to the CDCR press release, Stout will be transferred to North Kern State Prison. He is no longer eligible to be housed in a conservation camp, a minimum security facility that houses inmates to provide firefighting and community services. 

The manhunt began for Stout on after 7:37 a.m. on Wednesday morning after a possible silver Toyota Highlander with Montana plates was observed driving on Peoria Flat Road (where Baseline Conservation Camp is located) toward O'Byrnes Ferry Road, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs. The log said there was a female driver and a passenger.

The note also said Stout had family in Los Angeles. 

Stout was sentenced to serve 12 years and eight months for first degree burglary and was incarcerated at CDCR in June 20, 2014 from Los Angeles County.

He was previously scheduled to parole in November 2021. 

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.  

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