Walker Co. inmate escapes, steals county vehicle

JASPER, Ala. (AP) - Officials say a Walker County Jail inmate
captured after he fled in a county car he was washing should have
never been allowed to work as a jail trustee.

The inmate, 42-year-old Andy Tyrone Sanford of Quinton,
reportedly stole a Crown Victoria assigned to the Walker County
Commission around 11:30 a.m. Thursday after a commission employee
delivered it to the sheriff's office car wash area.

Sheriff John Mark Tirey says several staff members apparently
erred in their judgment about Sanford, who is serving a prison
sentence for robbery.

But Tirey held himself responsible and said he will work to make
sure it doesn't happen again.

Sanford and another man were arrested around 5 p.m. after
crashing the car in the Burnwell community.

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