Man back in custody two hours after escaping from jail

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | 4:01 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA —A man was arrested Monday night after a brief escape from the Boone County Jail.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested Michael Scott Allred on Highway 763 just south of Moser’s grocery, chief jail administrator Warren Brewer said.

Allred was an indoor trusty inmate. Trusty inmates perform custodial and maintenance duties for the jail. Allred became a trusty Dec. 2.

He was in jail on charges of felony theft, second-degree burglary, misdemeanor theft and illegal weapon charges. 

Brewer said Allred escaped while he and a fellow inmate were taking out the trash after kitchen clean-up around 7:30 p.m.  

The two men were under the supervision of an officer who became distracted and stuck his head back in the kitchen door for a few seconds. That's when Allred made a run for the nearby woods, Brewer said.

An investigation of past accomplices and visitors led police to a female acquaintance whom Allred had contacted asking for a ride, Brewer said.

The Sheriff’s Department stopped a silver Honda driven by the female acquaintance with Allred as a passenger at about 9:30 p.m., at which time Allred was taken back into custody.

Investigations during the escape led deputies to believe Allred had been planning to escape when an opportunity presented itself, Brewer said.

The Boone County Jail is in the process of reviewing the incident and plans to make tweaks to procedures, but there will be no major changes, Brewer said.

Allred was arrested on suspicion of escaping from jail and is being held at the Boone County Jail with a bond of $18,500. 



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