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Vt. fugitive found hiding in wall

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A Vermont fugitive's 10-year run from police ended Friday morning in Johnson.

U.S. Marshals say they found Shane Phillips, 32, hiding behind a false wall in a family member's house on Ober Hill Road. The Johnson man has been wanted since 2002 on several active warrants, including violent offenses.

In November, state police say Phillips led them on a high-speed chase on Route 118, tried to ram a cruiser and escaped on foot.

In court Friday, Phillips pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Marshals say his capture is a win for public safety.

"To me, it's the number one public safety issue when you've got these types of individuals who already have warrants on them who are still out in our communities and are dangerous individuals. Those are the people that we want to target, investigate, apprehend and bring to justice," said David Demag, U.S. Marshal for Vermont.

Phillips was held on $530,000 bail. He will be lodged at the Northwest State Correctional Facility.

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