Deputies capture escaped convict

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By Kacie Goode and Randy Patrick

An escaped inmate was captured Wednesday night by Nelson County sheriff’s deputies and is now lodged in the Nelson County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page that Anthony White was taken into custody at 10:15 a.m. by Asst. Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa and Deputies Chris Conway and Levi Preston after a pursuit on foot.

He was caught where he was last seen after the escape, on Kennett Avenue, where neighbors had been keeping a lookout for him, and someone spotted him.

“He was wearing white boxers and a T-shirt,” Pineiroa said in a Facebook message. “Stuck out like a sore thumb.”

Pineiroa said White will face more charges, including escape and resisting arrest.

Sheriff Ed Mattingly said that White, 49, whose last known address was in Mount Washington, escaped from Deputy Keith Riley’s patrol car at 12:36 p.m. on Cathedral Manor near the Nelson County Public Library when the car was stopped in traffic.

Somehow, Mattingly said, White slipped out of his wrist and ankle chains, which were connected to each other, and asked Riley to roll down the car window so he could get some air. When the deputy did, White reached outside, unlocked the door and ran.

All afternoon, sheriff’s deputies and Bardstown Police officers scoured the Maple Hill neighborhood, New Haven Road and other areas looking for the escaped inmate, who was being transferred from the Muhlenberg County Jail to Nelson County, where he was wanted for stealing a car from a dealership.

The local Sheriff’s Office put out a detailed description of White and posted his jail photo on its website. When he escaped, he was wearing his “jail garb,” said Mattingly. The pants were found on Pine Village Drive. White was last reported seen on Kennett Avenue near Thompson’s Food Mart.

In March, White was indicted on theft charges for taking a Ford Mustang from Conway-Heaton and as a first-degree persistent felony offender.

He was incarcerated in Muhlenberg County for possession of heroin, and was scheduled to be arraigned in Nelson Circuit Court Thursday on the car theft charges.

“He’s got a rap sheet from hell,” Mattingly said.

He has been jailed or in prison in Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, the sheriff said, and has escaped at least three times.

“He’s never been in our jail before,” Mattingly said, but he was confident White would have the opportunity.

According to his recent indictment, White’s prior convictions include auto theft, receiving stolen property, criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree wanton endangerment, theft of a motor vehicle decal, first-degree burglary in Jefferson County and second-degree escape in Fayette County.

Editor Forrest Berkshire also contributed to this story.