Decatur police identify escaped inmate accused of stealing, crashing sheriff's vehicle

Wesley Aldridge

The inmate is being held on a $203,000 bond.

Posted: Feb 4, 2020 10:00 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2020 2:28 PM

Update: According to court documents, Aldridge was previously arrested in Cullman and Morgan counties.

Documents say a warrant was issued for Aldridge in January of 2019 in Winston County. He was arrested in May of 2019. The indictment says he escaped from the Winston County Community Corrections.

According to the indictment, on March 9, 2019, Aldridge stole a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, which was a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. It says he then damaged the vehicle by burning it.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle was stolen from the department’s maintenance shop and it was found in Cullman County.

Also, in March of 2019, Aldridge was arrested for stealing a vehicle from Limestone County. Investigators said he was in possession of a firearm that had been reported stolen, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office told WAAY 31 at the time, Aldridge was a suspect in burglaries across multiple counties. Read more on this here.

In May of 2019, Aldridge was also arrested for a theft of property first-degree charge that dates to July of 2017. The indictment says he stole a John Deere tractor from Cullman Environmental Inc.

According to the Winston County Jail, Aldridge was booked in September of 2019 for theft of property first-degree. He was an Alabama Department of Corrections inmate as a trustee being housed at the jail.

Aldridge escaped his trustee program on Monday, and that's when he was arrested by Decatur police.


Original story:

Police say the escaped inmate who stole a sheriff's vehicle and crashed it in Decatur is Wesley Aldridge of Falkville.

Officials say Aldridge stole a Winston County Sheriff’s cruiser and crashed it on Highway 31 south at Cedar Lake Road. He was in custody in Winston County before police said he took off with the sheriff's cruiser.

Decatur police told us they got a call around 4:45 Monday afternoon about a reckless driver. When they got to the scene, they found the cruiser had crashed into a light pole after hitting another car.

Aldridge is charged with reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription drugs, improper lane usage, speeding, driving while revoked and no turn signal.

He was booked in the Morgan County Jail on a $203,000 bond.

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