PRESTONSBURG - A manhunt for an escaped prisoner in Floyd County is over, following a nearly two-day search.
According to Kentucky State Police, Wednesday evening, at approximately 9:34 p.m. Scottie Bradley was taken into custody near Auto Brokers car dealership by Kentucky State Police Troopers John Gabbard, Sgt. David Peppi, and Prestonsburg Police Department Officer Jonathan Pack. Prestonsburg notified KSP earlier that evening that an unidentified male was attempting to stop vehicles along U.S. 23 near Watergap.
On Tuesday, shortly after his preliminary hearing, Scottie R. Bradley, 31, of Blue River, managed to escape custody while being transported from the courthouse back to jail. A number of local residents claimed to have seen Bradley running through downtown Prestonsburg, and his orange prisoner jump suit was allegedly found in the back yard of one resident, who’s home is located near the Big Sandy river.
According to court records, prior to his escape, Bradley, had been present at a preliminary hearing in Floyd District court on charges of first-degree robbery, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, fleeing or evading police on foot, first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and other traffic offenses.
Times staff received several unconfirmed reports of Bradley being spotted along Watergap road throughout the day Wednesday. It’s assumed that Bradley followed the railroad tracks, which run along the far riverbank from Town Branch Road, where he was last seen Tuesday, to Watergap road, where sightings of him were being reported Wednesday.
Bradley was transported to the Floyd County Detention Center and lodged on one count of second-degree escape, a class D felony, which carries a sentence of 1-to-5 years in prison.