Warden: Escaped inmate rescued from lake

benw@ledger-enquirer.comApril 17, 2014 

Darrin Adams was shot twice with a Taser early Thursday before Lee County, Ala., sheriff’s deputies rescued the fleeing Muscogee County Prison inmate from a lake, officials said.

“He was out in the lake and I guess he came to his senses and realized he couldn’t get to the other side,” prison warden Dwight Hamrick said Thursday afternoon. “They had to go in and rescue him.”

Adams, 41, was on the lam almost a week after leaving a lawn maintenance detail April 11 at the Woodruff Farm Road soccer complex in Columbus.

He was charged with giving false information to deputies and attempting to elude officers after his arrest around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. He is being held without bond at the Lee County Detention Facility.

Hamrick said officers are relieved to have Adams back in custody. “We are relieved, especially that nobody got hurt while he was on the run,” the warden said.

Hamrick said he doesn’t know how Adams ended up in Lee County. “We will try to talk to him and find out if anybody was involved,” he said.

The warden said two sheriff’s deputies were responding to a call at a known drug house when a cab pulled up to the home. The deputies opened the door, and Adams entered the home. When deputies asked for his identification, Adams said he didn’t have any.

“They asked for his name and he gave them a false name,” Hamrick said. “When he gave them the false name, he took off.”

Deputies wrestled with Adams before one fired a Taser at him. “He removed the terminals from the Taser,” he said. “He jumps up and takes off again.”

A deputy fired a second Taser at Adams, but he pulled the prongs out again after being struck. Hamrick said that’s when he tried to escape by jumping into the lake.

The warden said it’s unknown when Adams will be returned to Columbus. Officials learned that Adams had a pending escape charge in Lee County in addition to one in Columbus.

“Since he was rearrested, I don’t know if they will hold him until he clears the Alabama charges,” he said. “We put a detainer on him to hold him. He will appear before a judge and Lee County has a hold on him. He won’t bond out cause they got a hold on him and we do, too.”

No one at the Lee County Sheriff’s Department was available for comment late Thursday.

Adams escaped from Muscogee County Prison lawn maintenance detail on Woodruff Farm Road April 11, according to a Ledger-Enquirer report. In December 2013, Adams slipped past Lee County Sheriff's deputies while another inmate was being released.

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