Escapee from Tuscumbia caught in Morgan County

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. - Tuscumbia Police say a man who escaped from the Colbert County Jail more than a week ago has been captured. Justin Tyler Whitman is currently in the Morgan County Jail on multiple charges.

A press release, from the Decatur Police Department, says officers were called to the  300-block of West Moulton where Whitman was possibly hiding. The escapee attempted to flee the residence on foot but was taken into custody, after police arrived.

Police reported Whitman tried to hide his identity by providing a fake name. During his arrest, police found an undisclosed amount of meth and marijuana.

He 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. according to the report.

Whitman is being held at the Morgan County Jail in lieu of a $200 bond. He will be extradited to Colbert County to face charges.

Tuscumbia police say Whitman and another man escaped jail on the evening of Tuesday, May 1.  He was serving time for unpaid traffic tickets and a misdemeanor drug conviction.

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