Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:02 A. M. deputies were dispatched to a residence located on Osteen Avenue in response to a verbal altercation resulting in property damage. Prior to arrival the deputies were informed that the person who had caused the damage was Dale Ray Evans Jr and he had fled the residence into the woods behind the home. Upon arrival the complainant informed deputies that Evans and herself were siblings and were sitting in their father’s vehicle. A verbal dispute ensued and Evans reportedly struck the dash area of the vehicle breaking it. Evans then exited the vehicle and fled into the woods. Deputies were able to confirm that Evans is currently on probation for narcotic related offenses and as a condition of his probation is required to wear an ankle monitor. Evans cut the ankle monitor off his leg prior to running into the woods. It was also further confirmed that Evans had active felony Violation of Probation arrest warrants for additional narcotic offenses issued from Taylor County.
Additional deputies responded to the area and established a perimeter to contain Evans. Corporal Marcus Holbrook deployed his canine partner Axel and began to track Evans. Canine Axel was able to track Evans for more than a mile and a half before becoming affected by the heat. Additional canine teams were requested from Madison Correctional Institution to assist with continuing the track. A short time later canine teams from Madison Correctional Institution and Hamilton Institution arrived on scene.
A deputy working the perimeter spotted Evans crossing a large field on the West side of U.S. 221 South but lost sight of him. M.C.I. and H.C.I. canine teams were able to quickly reestablish the track from the area of the last sighting of Evans. Approximately 30 minutes later, the canine teams along with deputies located and arrested Evans without incident.
“I am extremely proud of our relationship with the Department of Corrections, especially the Madison Correctional Institution. The men and women of M.C.I. are always willing and eager to assist the Sheriff’s Office with the common goal of keeping our community safe.” Major David Harper
Dale Ray Evans Jr
Arrest Warrant – Felony VOP (Out of County)
Criminal Mischief - $201 to $999.00
Resist Officer Without Violence