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Authorities have been looking for Reginald Jinks since he overpowerd a supervisor and escaped Friday. - photo by Photo submitted

Effingham County law enforcement officials are searching for a prisoner who overpowered a supervisor and escaped from a work detail early Friday morning.

Officials say Reginald Jinks was refueling heavy equipment when he overwhelmed his civilian supervisor and fled while working near Highway 17 and Pryor Road in northwestern Effingham County, not far from Oliver and the Screven County line. The supervisor was bound with duct tape, and he was discovered about 9 a.m. Jinks has worked with the road department helping with the fuel truck, according to prison officials.

Jinks, 38, is in prison for three counts of burglary in Tattnall County.  He has two previous burglary convictions and was sentenced to a total of 13 years for those two offenses.

He was eligible for parole in 2014 and his maximum possible release date was 2022 for the three current convictions, according to state Department of Corrections records. He has been in prison for the most recent convictions since 2005.

Because of his actions Friday morning, Jinks faces charges of escape, kidnapping and two counts of theft by taking.