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Man who led police on high speed chase back in jail after escaping from custody

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ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A man who escaped from jail after a high speed chase in Hickory in June is back in jail Tuesday morning after he escaped from a deputy's cruiser near Boone Monday.

James Smith was arrested in Washington County, Virginia on Monday .

It started as a prisoner transport when deputies in Alexander County were moving Smith to Boone, according to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office.

Smith somehow got out of his handcuffs and held pliers to the neck of the deputy.

He forced the deputy to let him out of the patrol car near Boone, said Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman.

Bowman said Smith then stole a car and drove into Tennessee, eventually ending up in Virginia.

Smith was spotted by officers and another vehicle chase started that ended when Smith crashed the car.

In Watauga County Smith was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, escaping from a local jail and larceny of a motor vehicle.

He's facing a dozen felonies for car break-ins in Alexander County, charges for the police chase in Catawba County a few weeks ago and thirteen charges in Alexander County related to break-ins.

He has a $120,000 bond in Watauga County, a $10,000 bond in Caldwell County, a $130,000 bond in Catawba County and a $150,000 bond in Alexander County.

He is expected to be extradited to North Carolina Tuesday.

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