AUGUSTA — A city man who fled from home confinement earlier this month is back behind bars.

Richard Calvin Parker Jr., 52, was arrested without incident around 9:30 p.m. Thursday on a warrant charging him with escape, said Cpl. GJ Neagle III of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

Parker was being held Friday at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Sheriff’s deputies and Augusta Police arrested Parker at a friend’s house at 62 Bog Road in Augusta.
Neagle said the friend is not facing charges.

“I think (Parker) had been moving around,” Neagle said.

Police have been searching for Parker since Dec. 9 when he fled the custody of Maine Pretrial Services, which offers post-conviction alternatives for inmates throughout the state. Parker was living at his Sparrow Drive home while taking part in counseling offered through the program.

Capt. Daniel Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said last week that Parker has been convicted of operating under the influence three times.

The third came this summer when he was convicted of aggravated criminal OUI and driving after being classified as a habitual offender. Parker was sentenced in June to eight years in prison, with all but nine months suspended. Parker’s sentence also included three years probation, $3,100 in fines and a 10-year license and registration suspension.

Parker was released from jail Nov. 30 to enter the pretrial program, Davies said.

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