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SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2007

Morgan County work-release inmate takes off in Habitat van

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

A Morgan County inmate who fled in a Habitat for Humanity van was able to buy alcohol but not reach his children before authorities took him back into custody, Chief Deputy Mike Corley said.

“His freedom was short-lived,” Corley said.

Scotty McNutt, 38, of Hartselle, had been working at Habitat for Humanity on Wilson Street on work-release for four months when he decided Saturday that “he couldn’t stand it any longer,” Corley said.

“He said he wanted to go see his kids, but he must have had other things on his mind because at some point he stopped and bought alcohol,” Corley said.

McNutt was awaiting trial on a charge of driving under the influence, Corley said.

Habitat workers noticed McNutt and their 1991 Astro van missing at 2:16 p.m. The Sheriff’s Department notified deputies, who spotted the van east of Interstate 65.

Deputies stopped McNutt on Peachtree Road at 2:58 p.m., Corley said. He now faces charges of first-degree theft, third-degree theft, second-degree escape and illegal possession of prohibited liquor.

He was in jail Saturday night on $3,600 bond.

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