Wells
Wells
Local and state law enforcement located and captured an inmate who failed to return to the jail following a court-approved furlough to attend a funeral last weekend.

Indiana State Police, Indiana Excise Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Madison Police arrested Curtis “Spanky” Wells, 41, at the Dupont Main Street residence of a family member without incident Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff John Wallace said Madison Police detectives located Wells at the home, and the Madison Emergency Response Team was called to the scene when Wells was initially resistant about coming out of the home.

Officers took Wells into custody without ERT assistance around 4 p.m. after officers talked to the man for about 10 to 15 minutes, Wallace said.

Wells was arrested in September on two charges of dealing methamphetamine, court records said, but he was released from the jail Nov. 14 – per court order through the Jefferson Circuit Court – to attend a funeral. He had written a letter to the courts requesting to attend the funeral in Madison, which was scheduled for Saturday.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Darrell Auxier granted a motion filed by Wells’ defense attorney Jason Pattison to allow Wells to be released into the custody of a family member for a six-hour furlough over an objection by prosecutors.

Auxier ordered Wells to return to the jail by 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wells did not return by the specified time, and a bench warrant for his arrest – and a new Level 6 felony charge of escape – was filed Monday.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Chad Lewis said before his capture that Wells should be considered armed and dangerous due to alleged statements made by the man to his cell block about “not coming back alive” to the jail.

In addition to the new felony count of escape, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department release said Wells also faces a preliminary charge of possession of a legend drug. Wells was found to have a legend drug in his possession during Wednesday’s arrest, Wallace said.

Wells is currently incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail where he awaits an initial hearing on the new charges.