Tennessee escapee captured in Madison County
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Authorities say a fugitive who escaped from Tennessee was captured in Madison County Monday night.
According to Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Public Information Officer (PIO) Brent Patterson, the fugitive, identified as Johnny Lewis Payne, had escaped from Chattanooga a little over one week ago.
The 48-year-old had also previously escaped from the Elba Community Base Facility in Coffee County just four weeks ago.
Patterson told News 19 that deputies received a tip Payne was at a home in the area of Hubert Road and Narrow Lane. After arriving on scene, a chase ensued and ended in a wreck on Charley Patterson Road and Moores Mill Road.
Officials said both the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) and the U.S. Marshals were on-scene.
Payne is serving a 20-year sentence for receiving stolen property, a crime he was charged with committing in Jackson County in 2012.
As previously reported, Payne has escaped law enforcement multiple times. Officials say his most recent escape was from the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga, where he had been transferred by Marion County, Tenn. officials.
Marion County (TN) Sheriff Ronnie “Bo” Burnett told News 19 that Payne threatened to hurt himself and authorities were ordered to transfer him to the mental health institute.
News 19 is working to confirm whether Payne will be transferred back to Tennessee to face charges.