OGDEN -- One of the police officers jail escapee Bradley Allen was convicted of assaulting gave the man a ride back to jail after he was captured Tuesday.
Allen, 42, had returned to his mother's home in Layton where someone recognized him from the publicity surrounding his Sunday escape from the Weber County Jail.Authorities say Allen was working in the kitchen when he slipped into a garbage bin, piled the trash on top of him and got a smelly ride out to freedom.
The rare jail break had police looking extensively for the convicted drug user.
"We were hunting him pretty heavy," said Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force Sgt. Tony Huemiller.
"He's just a good one to have off the street."
Allen was convicted this month of felony operation of a clandestine meth lab. When narcotics officers attempted to arrest him after they discovered he had been manufacturing the highly popular street drug, Allen hit two of the agents.
In 2nd District Court, he went to trial on the meth lab charges and two counts of assaulting a police officer. A jury deliberated for about an hour before finding him guilty of all charges.
Allen was awaiting sentencing when he made his bold escape.
Police put the word out on the street and to other agencies, a message that got across to the person who recognized him. That person called Layton police, who arrested him without incident, Huemiller said. That department then contacted the strike force.
Huemiller said agents were sure they'd eventually get Allen but were a bit surprised he was so close to home.
"He had nothing to lose by going out with the garbage," Huemiller said, but added he thought he would have gone farther with his escape.
"They might be clandestine meth cooks, but they are obviously not rocket scientists," he said.
Weber County Jail officials said they are reviewing security procedures at the jail and plan to make changes to avert a similar escape in the future.
"Procedures in jails are always under review," said Weber County Sheriff's Chief Deputy A.K. Greenwood.
"That is nothing new or different. We are always looking for weak spots in security. We have measures in place to correct this, and this type of situation should never happen again."
Escaping with the trash is the first for the Weber County Jail, Greenwood said.
"You can spend a lot of money and come up with a lot of procedures, but if someone is creative, and most crooks are, and they are in a facility awhile, they have an opportunity to look around," he said. "They will find a spot that is more vulnerable and figure out ways to take advantage."