After spotting a vehicle matching the description of one driven by an escaped inmate, an FWC Officer initiated a vehicle pursuit, which untimely led to an escaped Tallahassee inmate being caught in Walton County.

CHOCTAW BEACH — An escaped inmate from Tallahassee was apprehended Wednesday in Walton County.

According to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff's Office, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer spotted a vehicle about 5 p.m. that matched the description of one driven by an escaped inmate from Leon County. The FWC Officer began a short vehicle pursuit near the Choctaw Beach Community Center.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office was notified and deputies' arrived as the escapee's vehicle crashed into the tree line near Boundary Line Road and Water Oak Street, according to the press release.

The escapee, 28-year-old Eugene Derrick Carter and his passenger, 37-year-old Tanya Dale, 37, ran away but were captured near the 600 block of Juniper Avenue, the release said.

On Sept. 1 Carter, who was serving a four-year sentence for charges in Okaloosa County, escaped Sept. 1 from the Tallahassee Community Release Center. 

After his capture Wednesday, Carter was charged with fleeing and eluding, escape, possession of methamphetamine, obstruction and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was denied bond.

Dale, who received a $20,000 bond, was charged with fleeing and eluding, possession of methamphetamine, aiding a fugitive and assault on a detention deputy.

They were arrested and taken to the Walton County Jail.