On-the-run prison officer dies after car chase with fugitive hunters

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Missing prison officer Vicky White and prisoner Casey White have been arrested after being caught following a car chase with fugitive hunters, the US Marshals.

Mr White, who was awaiting trial on a capital murder case, disappeared with Ms White after leaving a detention centre in Florence, Alabama.

On 29 April, Ms White told colleagues the 38-year-old inmate needed to go to the courthouse for a mental health evaluation.

Later that day, when she was not answering her phone, the authorities discovered no such evaluation had been scheduled.

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Ms White’s patrol car was also found abandoned at a shopping centre.

On Monday, police reported the pair – who are not related – had been arrested after a truck they were in, that was being pursued by US Marshals, crashed in the town of Evansville in Indiana.

Ms White, 56, was taken to hospital.

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Authorities released the latest known picture of White. Pic: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
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Authorities released this picture of White in an effort to help track the pair down. Pic: Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said. “This has ended a very long and stressful and challenging week and a half. It ended the way that we knew it would. They are in custody.”

The US Marshals, a federal law enforcement agency that deals with, among other things, tracking fugitives, said it received a tip that the Ford pick-up truck they were in, had been spotted at a car wash in Evansville.

‘Special relationship’

Investigators believe it had been stolen in Tennessee about 175 miles away.

Mr White had been serving a 75-year sentence for a string of crimes that included attempted murder, robbery and burglary.

He was facing a further charge of murder over the stabbing of a 58-year-old woman.

Police said there had been “a special relationship” between him and Ms White in jail.

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