Coffee County authorities say an escapee captured late Friday night will likely face more criminal charges, including burglary.
Coffee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy R.W. Whitworth said 35-year-old Jeffrey Scott was captured Friday night, and booked into the Coffee County Jail. Whitworth said Scott will be held without bail because he’s considered an escapee from the state Department of Corrections.
Whitworth said Scott could face more charges pending the completion of the investigation of the circumstances surrounding his capture by law enforcement. Whitworth said Scott was captured at a hunting cabin located on Coffee County Road 141, a dirt road.
Dale County Sheriff’s deputies along with agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement agency assisted in the search for Scott, who had been wanted for a month.
Dale County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said law enforcement caught Scott around 9 p.m. Friday. He said Scott was found at the hunting cabin after the couple who owned it arrived to check on it Friday evening.
“They held him at gunpoint and they fired off a few rounds because he wasn’t being compliant,” Bynum said. “Then he got on the ground.”
Bynum said the couple held Scott at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived, and took him into custody without incident. No one was injured.
Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook, a spokesperson for ALEA, said Scott had most recently been spotted last week driving a 4-wheeler on Dale County Road 36 near Coffee County Road 144 and Dale County Road 235.
Cook said law enforcement officers from multiple agencies searched for Scott, ranging from the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, the Ozark Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, and troopers with the Alabama Highway Patrol to agents with state Agricultural and Rural Crimes Unit with ALEA. Cook said helicopters with the Dale County Sheriff’s Office and ALEA also assisted in the search.
According to a state Department of Corrections email, Scott escaped from the Loxley Work Release facility located near Mobile on June 23.
The DOC email said Scott was serving a 35-year sentence for trafficking methamphetamine. The email shows Scott was sentenced in 2002 in Houston County for the drug trafficking charge.
Court records show Scott to be from Jack community in Coffee County.