MONTREAL — The search has widened for three Quebec inmates who used a helicopter to escape from jail on Saturday evening.

Quebec provincial police say they have alerted authorities across the province and elsewhere.

Sgt. Ann Mathieu says police are reluctant to provide many details about their investigation for fear the escapees could be monitoring media reports.

The men fled from the Orsainville Detention Centre in suburban Quebec City shortly before 8 p.m. with the help of a green-coloured helicopter.

The escapees have been identified as Yves Denis, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49.

It’s the second helicopter jailbreak in the province in just over a year.

Police say the inmates flew west from the provincial detention centre, perhaps toward Trois-Rivieres or Montreal.

The three men were being held at the detention centre waiting to stand trial. It was not immediately clear what charges they were facing… see more

source: globalpost