Escaped Morgan County inmate, missing Moulton teen found together in central Alabama

Escaped Morgan County inmate, missing Moulton teen found together in central Alabama
John Kaleb Gillespie and Peyton Ledlow (Source: Sources: Morgan County Sheriff's Office/Alabama Law Enforcement Agency)

HOOVER, Ala. (WAFF) - An escaped inmate from Morgan County was captured in central Alabama, and a missing teen was with him.

Hoover police say they spotted a suspicious vehicle in a hotel parking lot at about 5 a.m. Monday. Police say as the officer was speaking to the driver, he drove away at a high rate of speed.

They discovered that driver was 30-year-old John Kaleb Gillespie. He escaped from the Morgan County jail on Oct. 27. The girl with him was 16-year-old Peyton Ledlow, who has been reported missing after running away from home.

Her family and friends suspected she was with Gillespie.

Officers temporarily lost sight of the vehicle but located it again on John Hawkins Parkway and attempted a traffic stop. They said Gillespie refused to stop and a pursuit ensued onto Interstate 459 South.

As the suspect was trying to get off I-459 at Exit 1, he lost control of the vehicle. Both of them fled on foot, but the female was captured after a brief foot chase.

A perimeter was set and Hoover officers deployed an unmanned drone to aid in locating the suspect. The drone operator located him walking behind an industrial building and saw him get into an unlocked car. He was able to direct Bessemer police officers and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies to the suspect’s location where they took him into custody.

Escaped Prisoner Captured After Vehicle and Foot Pursuit

Escaped Prisoner Captured After Vehicle and Foot Pursuit At 5:00 A.M. this morning, a Hoover Police officer on patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle occupied by a male and female, in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn on John Hawkins Parkway. As the officer was speaking to the driver, he drove away at a high rate of speed. It was discovered that the driver was an escaped inmate from the Morgan County Jail and the female was a runaway teen from Moulton, Alabama. Officers temporarily lost sight of the vehicle but located it again on John Hawkins Parkway and attempted a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued onto I-459 South. As the suspect was trying to get off I-459 at Exit 1, he lost control of the vehicle. Both subjects fled on foot and the female was captured after a brief foot chase. A perimeter was set and Hoover officers deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle “drone” to aid in locating the suspect. The drone operator located the male walking behind an industrial building and saw him get into an unlocked car. He was able to direct Bessemer Police officers and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies to the suspect’s location where they took him into custody. Both suspects were transported to the Hoover City Jail and charged with the following: John Kaleb Gillespie 30 years old Decatur, AL - Attempting to Elude $500.00 bond - Resisting Arrest $500.00 bond $1,000.00 Total Bond Juvenile Female 16 years old Moulton, AL - Resisting Arrest Juvenile Petition Gillespie will be turned over to Morgan County Sheriff’s authorities upon his release from the Hoover City Jail. The juvenile female has been transferred to Jefferson County Family Court. Please visit the Hoover Police Facebook page(www.facebook.com/hooverpd ) for video footage of the suspect’s capture. (photo attached) -END- #hooverpd

Posted by Hoover (AL) Police Department on Monday, November 4, 2019

Both suspects were transported to the Hoover City Jail.

Gillespie was charged with attempting to elude and resisting arrest. He may have more charged pending in Morgan County for the escape.

Ledlow was charged with resisting arrest.

Gillespie will be turned over to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office upon his release from the Hoover City Jail.

Ledlow has been transferred to Jefferson County Family Court.

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