Escaped Work Release Inmate Back In Custody
GAINESVILLE - An inmate who was on the loose is back in custody again. The Gainesville man was being held at the Alachua County Work Release Facility until Saturday night when he decided to hit the road. The man fled once he was told he would be returning to jail for violating facility rules.
Inmates at the Alachua County Work Release Center are required to take a daily breath test. The sample this inmate provided was higher than permitted. When officials told him his confinement was being transferred to the jail he asked for permission to go lock up his bicycle and instead took off.
32-year-old, Willie Leon Reid Jr. Is behind bars again, after escaping from the Alachua County Work Release. ASO spokesman Art Forgey says they did not locate Reid until Sunday afternoon when he turned himself in.
"Our deputies responded up to the area and looked for him last night around the work release center... They also responded to several addresses that they had for him that they knew he had ties to," Forgey said. Reid was serving time for cocaine possession, resisting without violence and having drug equipment. Inmates that are non-violent like Reid can qualify for work release.
"It allows them to continue to work and continue to have employment so that they don't lose their job and they still have a little bit of income, coming in... But their requirements are that they stay at the work release site, which is not a jail but it's a site where they are in custody at."
Reid however lost that privilege when he came back to the release center intoxicated. When he was notified that he was being removed from the program and being sent to the Alachua County Jail. Reid ran away. "We'll have detectives that take the information to the state attorney's office and a judge and see if it meets the criteria for a new charge," Forgey said.
Reid is now charged with escape from a correctional institution which is considered a felony. He only had a little more than two months left of his original sentence... But with this additional charge he will probably serve a few more years.
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