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Inmate recaptured after escaping on way to court appearance

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From staff reports

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

An inmate already facing a slew of criminal charges will be facing at least two more following his brief escape from Pasquotank County Sheriff’s deputies’ custody Tuesday morning.

Daquail Alexander, 21, who was recaptured shortly after escaping, will be charged with misdemeanor attempted escape and misdemeanor breaking and entering, Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said.

According to Fogg, Alexander was being transported for a court appearance at the Pasquotank County Courthouse when he ran from the two deputies escorting him about 9:10 a.m. Alexander was both handcuffed and in leg restraints when he took off, Fogg said.

“He had them on and still managed to run away,” Fogg said.

Alexander, who was in front of the courthouse on Colonial Avenue when he absconded, headed toward Elizabeth Street and crossed over to Martin Luther King Drive. He then proceeded to the South Martin and Burgess streets area where he broke into a house in the 300 block of East Burgess Street.

Sheriff’s deputies and Elizabeth City police officers who had been pursuing Alexander apprehended him “within minutes” at the house and took him into custody without incident, Fogg said.

Residents of the house Alexander broke into were at home at the time but not injured, Fogg said.

The Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office is investigating how Alexander escaped, Fogg said. He said the office is withholding the names of the deputies who were escorting Alexander while the incident is investigated.

Deputies are prohibited by state law from shooting at fleeing inmates, Fogg said.

Alexander is currently being held at Albemarle District Jail on secured bonds totaling nearly $165,000. About $6,000 of that was set on Tuesday, $5,000 for the attempted escape and breaking and entering charges, $1,000 for an outstanding warrant from Pitt County for a charge of failure to appear for driving while license revoked.

Prior to Tuesday’s charges, Alexander was being held on charges that, according to jail officials, included possession of a stolen vehicle, simple assault, intimidating witnesses, failure to appear in court for speeding, failure to appear in court for driving while license revoked, and failure to return rented property. A warrant for his arrest had also been issued and he also had been served a true bill of indictment for being a habitual felon.

Jail officials were not sure which of the charges required Alexander's appearance in court on Tuesday.

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