An inmate was taken back into custody Wednesday after escaping from the prison recreation area by climbing a fence.
According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department, Cody Adam Pelfrey, 29 of Walhalla escaped from the Detention Center Wednesday at 6:11 p.m.
Pelfrey has been at the Detention Center since December 2nd this year on a Magistrates Bench Warrant from the city of Walhalla for drug paraphernalia.
The outdoor recreation area is used by inmates who have non-violent misdemeanor type offenses and is surrounded by two security fences, the outermost fence topped with razor wire, says the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies, Westminster and Walhalla Police Departments, and nearby citizens were able to locate Pelfrey. He was taken back into the Detention Center around 6:50 p.m.
Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw had this to say in regards to the escape: “When something like this happens, the safety of our citizens is priority number one. When Pelfrey escaped, we made sure that he was the only one who had escaped as we moved inmates back to their dormatories and performed a head count. Once again, no other inmates except Pelfrey escaped. One note as we begin to make the move into our new Detention Center soon is that in our new jail, all recreation facilities are enclosed. That means that all the inmates will have will be a view of the outside sky.”
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate this incident and additional charges for Pelfrey are pending.