Sheriff deputies arrest wanted Kentucky escapee in Westover

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 13, 2006

An escaped inmate from Kentucky was caught in Westover last Wednesday, according to Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry.

Sheriff Deputies were tipped off around noon Wednesday that Scott James Reuter, who had been on the run from Kentucky authorites for three days, was staying in the Westover area.

Two hours later, after a brief chase and manhunt, Reuter was captured with the help of the Alabama State Troopers, Alabama Department of Corrections and the Vincent Police Department.

Curry said Reuters was captured on Wild Berry Drive after the car he was fleeing in got stuck in the mud.

Deputies actually met Reuter while on the way to arrest him; however, when deputies attempted to stop his car, he sped off.

When Reuter&8217;s car got stuck just a few yards down the road, he fled on foot.

After a brief manhunt, Reuter was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Tracking dogs from the Vincent Police Department and a State Trooper helicopter assisted in finding the escapee in the densely wooded area.

The sheriff attributed the capture to multiple law enforcement agencies working well together.

&8220;This is another excellent example of agencies working together,&8221; said Curry. &8220;I would like to thank these agencies for their assistance in removing this wanted criminal from the streets of Shelby County.&8221;

Reuter escaped from a Kentucky prison on Dec. 3, where he faced charges of receiving stolen property in Kenton County.