An Owls Head man who had been serving a jail sentence for stealing cars but released to live in a sober house was arrested Sunday hiding in a storage compartment of a camper.

Cameron A. Dana, 23, Owls Head, was arrested April 26 and charged with felony escape, trafficking in prison contraband, and two counts of violating a condition of release.

He made his initial appearance Monday in the Knox County court where Judge Paul Mathews set bail at $5,000 cash. Assistant District Attorney Lynn Mason said Dana's probation officer would also be issuing a hold on him, which would prevent his release even if he raised the bail.

According to an affidavit filed in the court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Probation department, Dana was serving a jail term when he was released April 21 to live at the Courage House sober house in Gorham.

Dana went there but then left and he had no contact with the administrators of the house or anyone from Maine Pretrial Services. He had a contract with Maine Pretrial in which he was supposed to be in contact them each day.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office sent deputies to arrest him on warrants for the new charges and went to a camper in Friendship where they believe he had gone. No one answered the first several times that officers knocked on the door of the camper but eventually a woman told police he was not there and they could search the place.

Officers did and found Dana hiding in a storage compartment under fold-up bed, according to the affidavit. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

Dana had been sentenced in October 2019 to three years in prison with all but 12 months suspended, two years probation, and restitution of $10,142. Dana was convicted of stealing three motor vehicles, two in a week, and crashing one of them in 2018.

The trafficking in prison contraband charge resulted from Dana having suboxone on him when he went to jail after he had denied having anything on him.