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3 Men Commandeer Chopper in Daring Prison Escape

Prisoners escape
Francis Vachon—AP Police cars are seen in front of the Orsainville Detention Center near Quebec City on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Three inmates have escaped from the center with the help of a helicopter, police said late Saturday.

The men were arrested on drug charges in 2010 and escaped in a helicopter parked in the detention center's courtyard

Three men hightailed out of a Canadian prison Saturday night via helicopter in a daring stunt that could only have been inspired by a Hollywood action flick.

Yves Denis Yvon Lamontagne, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49 were being held in a detention center in Quebec City at the time of their flight, CNN reports.

“A helicopter touched down briefly in the courtyard before taking off with the three prisoners,” Ann Mathieu, a spokeswoman for Quebec Provincial Police, told CNN.

The men were arrested in a 2010 drug bust and were awaiting trial at the time of their escape. Weapons, dozens of cars and a plane were found during the bust. A massive manhunt is underway to find the three men.


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