Escaped Alabama inmate back in custody after traffic stop turns into a pursuit

Published 7:48 am Thursday, September 7, 2023

An escaped inmate from an Alabama work center is back in custody after a traffic stop turned into a pursuit.

The Alabama Department of Corrections has officially notified CrimeStoppers of the capture of escaped inmate Pershon O’Neal Pettway.

On September 5, 2023, at approximately 3:32 a.m., an institutional bed roster was conducted at the facility. At approximately 4:20 a.m. the count did not clear. It was determined that Pettway was not present and was unaccounted for.

On September 6, 2023, at around 3 p.m., the Alabama Department of Corrections Law Enforcement Services Division was made aware of Pershon Pettway driving a stolen vehicle in Troy.

Members of the Troy Police Department initiated a traffic stop, but Pettway drove off, and a short vehicle pursuit was started.

Pettway abandoned the stolen vehicle during the pursuit and ran into the woods.

He was eventually captured at the intersection of Ray Avenue and Franklin Drive in Troy.

Pettway was taken into custody and is being transported to the Talladega County Jail. Additional criminal charges may be pending.

Pettway was serving a 2-year prison sentence for Receiving Stolen Property at the Childersburg Community Based Facility and Community Work Center located at 13501 Plant Road, Alpine, AL 35014.