Escaped Inmate Apprehended by Police in Jefferson County

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The inmate who escaped from the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center Tuesday night is back in police custody Wednesday after authorities found him in the Wintersville area.


Brandon Westfall was apprehended about 5 p.m. Wednesday by police in Jefferson County. He is serving time for “Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle” and will likely face more charges.

Officials at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center (EOCC) say it happened about 5 p.m. Tuesday when Westfall was taking the trash out to a dumpster. Authorities say he ran down a hill and never returned.

Executive director, Eugene Gallo, says it’s not abnormal for a resident to be outside of the perimeter working on details, whether it be outside mowing the grass, completing a community service project or taking the trash out, which is exactly what Westfall was doing when he escaped from EOCC.

Gallo says individuals at EOCC are here to learn how to make better choices, but this decision wasn’t one of them.

“He was given an opportunity by the court to be here on treatment in lieu of conviction,” he said. “If he would’ve completed his treatment he would’ve had his charge against him dismissed, so this is an example of some of the bad decisions we see here.”

EOCC is a minimum security facility that provides drug and alcohol treatment or education for felony offenders.

Officials say Westfall had been at EOCC since September stemming from a grand theft auto charge out of Guernsey County. He could have his original charge of grand theft auto reinstated plus a charge of escape added to that.




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