CATEGORY: Crime

AUTHOR: GIBSON

GATTMAN -Alabama State Highway Patrol troopers and Monroe County sheriff's deputies recaptured an escaped inmate just south of Gattman following a high-speed chase Thursday.

Mark Grimes, 26, who escaped from the Monroe County Jail Monday morning, was recaptured after he crashed the car he was driving on Pleasant Hills Road south of Gattman about 9 a.m. after leading law enforcement officers on a chase at speeds exceeding 100 mph, said Monroe County Sheriff Ruble Maxey. Grimes was not injured in the crash.

The chase began when Alabama state troopers recognized the description of the stolen car Grimes was driving on Alabama state Highway 17, Maxey said. Monroe County sheriff's deputies joined the chase when Grimes crossed the state line.

In addition to pending charges of grand larceny and burglary against him when he escaped, Grimes now faces a felony escape charge and three counts of grand larceny-auto in connection with the theft of cars from Aberdeen, Tupelo and Fulton. The car he wrecked Thursday was reported stolen in Fulton, Maxey said.

The jail window that Grimes squeezed out of Monday morning to escape has been modified, Maxey said.

"A fly couldn't get through there now," Maxey said.

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