Tuscumbia escaped inmate recaptured

Justin Whitman recaptured after being on the run for over two weeks

Posted: May 11, 2018 8:30 AM
Updated: May 11, 2018 9:05 AM

Tuscumbia Police tell WAAY 31 Justin Whitman has been recaptured in Morgan County after being on the run for over two weeks. Decatur police found Whitman attempting to flee a house on 300 Block of West Moulton Street. Officers say Whitman attempted to give them a false name to hide his identity. While waiting to identify him, police say they found meth and marijuana. Whitman was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, obstructing justice by giving a false name to a law enforcement officer, and possession of marijuana in the second degree.

He was taken to the Morgan County jail and booked on a $2,000 bond. He will be extradicted to the Colbert County Jail. 

Whitman and another inmate, Brandon Hale, escaped from the Tuscumbia jail in late April when they took a hammer from a tool box and used it to make a hole in the roof to escape. Parts of the Tuscumbia Police Department are under construction and that's why the hammer was in the area.

Police believe the two split up after they broke out.

Hale was arrested on May 1st and is now charged with felony escape and criminal mischief. He originally faced charges for illegal use of a credit card.

Whitman was originally charged with failure to appear on a driving while revoked charge and possession of marijuana in the second degree.

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