Published: Oct 05, 2011 9:14 PM EDT

TOWER CITY, N.D. (AP) - A convicted sex offender who escaped from a private transport company's van while being moved across the country was nabbed in a North Dakota cornfield Wednesday afternoon.
    
Authorities say 29-year-old Joseph Megna was being transferred from Florida to Washington when he fled the van during a stop west of Fargo Tuesday. Farmers in combines worked with SWAT team members on Wednesday to flush him from the field.
    
Local, state and federal officials had searched for Megna by land and by air. They believe he spent the night in a barn where he had access to a water faucet. They say he fled into the field Wednesday morning after a deputy spotted him.
    
Megna tells reporters he escaped because he's a vegetarian and wasn't getting enough to eat.

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