KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) A man has escaped from the Klamath County Jail in Klamath Falls while taking out the garbage.

Sheriff Tim Evinger tells The Herald and News newspaper ( the Thursday morning escape is the first since 1989.

Evinger says a helicopter has joined the search of the area around the jail.

Evinger says 25-year-old Kenneth Robert Banes was being escorted into the jail yard to dump garbage as part of a work detail when he somehow got under or over a fence.

Banes was sentenced to three years in prison for a number of vehicle thefts and burglaries. He was in the county jail for violating his parole.

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