Fugitive arrested after escape

Published 6:38 am Wednesday, April 6, 2005

By By Lee Weyhrich
Friday evening one of the three inmates that escaped from Covington County jail was captured in east Escambia community of Dixie.
Darrell Ray Henry, 34, was captured on Poindexter Lane after escaping the jail with two other inmates and stealing a Dodge pickup truck.
"He was caught on Poindexter road which is a little dirt road in Dixie at the Covington line just inside of Escambia," Capt. Chuck McMullen with the Escambia County Sheriff's Department said.
Henry escaped from the jail Thursday morning with fellow inmates James Harnage and Ray Doster. Details of the escape are not yet known.
"I know the three of them left together and crawled into an air conditioner vent and got out on the roof, but after that I'm not sure what happened," McMullen said.
According to information provided by the Sheriff's department, Henry was found driving a 2002 Dodge truck that had been reported stolen from the City of Andalusia's city garage.
"We had actually set up surveillance on a home that Henry had frequented," McMullen said. "Covington County Sheriff Department told us that a Dodge truck had been stolen and pretty soon we spotted it coming down the road toward us. We actually spotted it on the dirt area in front of the house and when he spotted us he turned down Poindexter Lane. He stopped the vehicle and he was taken into custody."
Deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, agents from the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force and an officer from the Alabama Department of Conservation assisted with the arrest.
"The other two inmates, Doster and Harnage, are still at large and could be hiding in the woods in the eastern part of Escambia County," McMullen said. "We are asking everyone in that area to make sure to lock doors and vehicles and be cautious of strangers."
McMullen said the two men could be almost anywhere.
"We don't have any way of knowing," McMullen said. "They could as easily be here as Covington County. There's nothing, no direct link that says they're here but there's nothing that says they aren't."
Henry was serving a sentence on drug charges.
McMullen urges anyone that sees Doster or Harnage or any suspicious activity, to call the Sheriff's Office at 809-0741 or just dial 911.

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