Etowah County inmate caught after escaping from work detail

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Robert Wesley James
Robert Wesley James

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An Etowah County inmate who left work detail Wednesday afternoon is back in custody.

Robert Wesley James, 41, of Attalla, was arrested late Wednesday around 11 p.m.  He was caught after a brief vehicle pursuit on I-759 into Attalla on Cleveland Avenue.

Earlier in the day, he left the Etowah County judicial building at 4:45 p.m. in a county maintenance truck.

Later in the evening, off-duty detention deputy Tyler Daniel spotted James leaving the Jet-Pep on Rainbow Drive, heading north on Highway 411.  He was in a white Ford pickup truck, and Deputy Tara Bates saw it and followed it onto I-759 where she tried to pull him over.  James refused to stop, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin, leading the deputy on a chase.  He wrecked the truck behind the Jet-Pep on Cleveland Avenue in Attalla.

Prior to his capture, James was being detained on property crimes, burglary, theft and a misdemeanor drug crime.  He now faces additional charges, including first-degree escape and theft of property, as well as attempting to elude and resisting arrest.  No bond has been set at this time.

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