Man escapes from jail

Published 12:17 am Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Thirteen minutes of freedom could cost an Andalusia man 10 years in prison after he escaped from the Covington County Jail Tuesday.

Rodney Danyelle Hall, 22, was taken into custody by his probation officer, Jamie Wismer of Alabama Probation and Parole, shortly after 2 p.m. on a grand jury indictment for two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

Wismer then informed Hall he was also being charged with violating his probation since he was facing a grand jury indictment.

“P.O. Wismer then transported Hall to the Covington County Jail, and while pulling into the sallyport — which is the fenced area where prisoners are unloaded — Hall, who was handcuffed, opened the back door (of the car) and fled on foot,” a Covington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

That was at 2:20 p.m.

In response, sheriff’s office deputies, probation officers, Andalusia Police Department officers and Drug Task Force agents converged on the area and quickly located Hall on Scherf Drive.

That was at 2:33 p.m.

“APD had to physically capture Hall as he attempted to cross the bypass,” the spokesman said. “The officer then transported Hall the short distance back to the county jail, where he was charged with the additional charges of second-degree escape and third-degree theft of property, since the handcuffs he was wearing at the time he fled did not belong to him.”

Hall is currently being held in the county jail without bond on the violation of probation charge; however, he faces an additional $325,000 bond on the remaining charges.

If convicted of the escape charge, Hall could face up to 10 years in prison, the spokesman said.