UPDATE: Limestone County inmate back in custody


LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — A Limestone County inmate that escaped from his work-release site Tuesday morning is now back in custody.

On Tuesday, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Vulcan Plastics in Athens, that a work release inmate left their property around 8:29 a.m. on a black Kawasaki motorcycle belonging to another employee.

According to a press release from the Florence Police Department (FPD), around 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Florence Patrol Officers spotted a black motorcycle matching the description of the one stolen earlier that day in Athens.

When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver fled from the police, the release said.

FPD stated that speeds in the pursuit went over 100mph. The driver missed a curve, left the road, and struck a stone wall.

Joel Dwight Gooch, 35, of Athens, was ejected off the bike.

Officers provided medical aid until Shoals EMS and Florence Fire arrived on the scene. Gooch was transported to Huntsville Hospital by medflight, with multiple injuries from the crash.

Gooch had multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants at the time of the crash.

Florence Police continue to investigate the incident, additional charges are pending.

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