(Update) Escaped Hanceville work-release inmate back in custody

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Ashley Cheyenne Pugh (Hanceville Police Department)

Updated 7-9-20 at 3:30 p.m.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – A female inmate who escaped police custody in Hanceville Thursday was captured a short time later.

Ashley Cheyenne Pugh, 21, of Cullman was in jail on failure to appear warrants for driving without insurance and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail said Pugh was part of a work-release detail. He said as the work-release vehicle arrived back at the jail, she escaped and was picked up by a waiting vehicle.

“Apparently, she had it planned,” he said.

Hanceville Police Assistant Chief Adam Hadder said Pugh was apprehended on County Road 545 after the man who picked her up dropped her off at a house there.

“She stole a little motorcycle from a residence near there and took off down the road,” he said. “The motorcycle quit in the middle of the road and a Cullman County Sheriff’s deputy was coming over the hill looking for her and found her.”

Hadder said the man who picked her up was found at Dale’s in Hanceville, after a Hanceville patrol officer spotted his vehicle. He was taken to the Hanceville Police Department for questioning.

Nail said Pugh will be charged with escape and transferred to the Cullman County Detention Center after she serves her time in the Hanceville Jail.

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and Cullman Police Department assisted Hanceville Police in the apprehension.

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Photo courtesy of Hanceville Police Chief Bob Long
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Wendy Sack

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