Ky. Sheriff Nabs Wrong Fugitive In Calif.

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A sheriff in south-central Kentucky drove to California to pick up a fugitive, then found out after he got back that he had the wrong man.

Butler County Sheriff Joe Gaddie and a deputy took the 4,100-mile trip to find a man named Joe Orus, who was wanted for fleeing and evading police and drunken driving.

A man named Joe Orus was in jail in Tehachapi, Calif., awaiting release when a check showed an outstanding warrant in Kentucky. Officials notified Gaddie, who came and got him. But the Joe Orus whom Gaddie brought back this month wasn't the man he was looking for.

Turns out it was a case of apparent stolen identity. Gaddie says a check of mugshots and fingerprints showed the man wanted in Kentucky had stolen Joe Orus' identity.

After finding the mistake, Butler County officials paid for Orus to fly back to California.

Meanwhile, the man who fled prosecution in Butler County is still on the lam.