Man on the run for 5 years is finally caught

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A jail escapee on the run for five years is back behind bars.

45 year old Israel Timothy Boyd ran away from a Pike County work release program in June of 2006.

Thursday night, police found him.

It started out as a routine traffic violation stop for CVE Officer Kevin Belcher. Wednesday night on US-23 in Prestonsburg, he pulled over a car for no seat belts.

“I noticed the front seat passenger was extremely nervous,” Kevin Belcher said.

That led him to check out the man, Isreal Timothy Boyd. Turns out he escaped from the Pike County Jail five years ago.

“He was doing community service when he took off,” Pike County Jailer Rodney Scott said.

He says at the time, Boyd was serving a 90 day sentence for district court charges. He only had 28 days left when he escaped.

Belcher took him into custody with no problems.

“He stated he'd been on the run since 2006, for five years, and he wanted to get his life straightened out and put this behind him. He was cooperative,” Belcher said.

Officials say Boyd is now looking at much more jail time than he would have if he had just finished his sentence.

“No matter how long they're gone, they're going to get caught. He only had twenty something more days to pull and now he's looking at one to five years,” Scott said.

Jailers say they are keeping a closer eye on him, and he is not eligible for work release this time.

Boyd is facing escape charges and for failing to appear in court after he left jail.

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