Escaped Alabama inmate Casey White has been captured after a police chase and missing prison guard Vicky White hospitalised with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The apprehension came near Evansville, Indiana, after the black Ford F150 truck Casey White was driving overturned during a pursuit by law enforcement, US Marshal Marty Keely confirmed. Vicky White was a passenger in the truck.
The arrest came 11 days into the nationwide manhunt for the pair, after Vicky White walked a shackled Casey White out of jail and they disappeared.
“We got a dangerous man off the street today,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told AL.com following the Monday afternoon capture. “He is never going to see the light of day again.”
No law enforcement officers fired their weapons during the capture of the inmate and the prison guard, US Marshal Keely confirmed.
Sheriff Singleton said that following the chase Casey White, 38, had surrendered to law enforcement.
“This has ended a very long and stressful and challenging week and a half” added the sheriff.
“It ended the way we knew it would – with them in custody.”
The sheriff said about 56-year-old Vicky White: “I hope she survives this … she has some answers to give us.”
The severity of her injuries have not been made public.
He added that their capture had been made difficult by the level of planning that had seemingly gone into their escape plan.
“You don’t know who you can trust… Vicky White was an exemplary employee,” the sheriff said. “You just don’t know people sometime.”
He also said that when she is transferrred back to Alabama, Vicky White will be held in a different correctional facility to Casey White, according to AL.com.
Meanwhile, Indiana’s Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding offered slightly different details of the arrest, saying that Vicky White was driving the couple in a Cadillac car when they were stopped.
“Two bad people are off the streets,” Sheriff Wedding told reporters from the scene of the arrest.
The sheriff said the couple appear to have been in Indiana for six days before their capture.
“It’s hard to believe they were here that many days. They’re criminals, sometimes they do things that are inexplicable, but I’m glad they did,” he said.
The sheriff added that Casey White’s massive stature helped in his capture.
“In this case, one of the suspects being 6 foot 9, that’s good for us,” he said.
Their capture came after investigators receievd a tip on the couple’s location late on Sunday night, and tracked them to a hotel in the state where they fled. The sheriff said they do not know why the couple ended up in Indiana.
Last week, authorities released images of how Vicky White, 56, would look if she changed her blonde hair to a darker colour or shorter cut.
They also released pictures of Casey White’s distinctive tattoos. The pair are not related despite sharing a surname.
The “subjects should be considered dangerous and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun,” the agency had said.
The Marshals Service says that in 2015 Casey White threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and her sister, and said he wanted to be killed by police.
He was being held in Lauderdale County jail awaiting trial on capital murder charges against him, and was already serving a 75-year sentence for crimes committed in 2015. The pair left the Lauderdale County Detention Center on 29 April, with officials saying that they may have had a romantic relationship before going on the run.
A warrant was out for Vicky White’s arrest and she faces charges of permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree.
Last Friday the car they had left Alabama in was found abandonned in Tennessee.
On Monday before the capture, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office slapped its own employee Vicky White with new charges of identity theft and second-degree forgery.
The charges relate to Ms White allegedly using an alias to buy a getaway car that was used “to facilitate the escape”, officials said.
Surveillance footage also showed Casey White in Indiana close to where investigators found a second abandoned vehicle tied to him and his corrections officer lover.
Video footage captured the capital murder suspect entering the Weinbach Car Wash in Evansville, Indiana, on Tuesday.
Additional video footage also showed Vicky White at a Quality Inn hotel just hours before she vanished with Casey White.
The video, shared by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, shows Ms White pacing in front of the reception desk at a Quality Inn at around 5.21am on Friday 29 April.
The 56-year-old, who is dressed in a dark sweatshirt with her blonde hair worn loose around her shoulders, peers over the counter before walking away.
The footage was captured on the morning of the prison breakout, with officials saying Ms White stayed at the budget hotel for two nights before going on the run.
Sheriff Rick Singleton said that the Quality Inn is next to the shopping centre where the couple abandoned Ms White’s patrol car in the parking lot and transferred into a getaway vehicle.