Man charged with escaping a drug rehab center
by Madasyn Czebiniak
mczebiniak@annistonstar.com
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Jimmy Nunnally
Jimmy Nunnally
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A Wellington man was in the Calhoun County Jail today on charges of escaping from a local drug rehabilitation center in 2009.

Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said Jimmy Nunnally, 37, was first arrested in April of 2009 on a failure-to-appear warrant for drug possession charges. Nunnally was released from the jail in May of 2009 and sent to the Center of Hope, a drug rehabilitation center in Anniston, Amerson said.

“We probably have at least 100 people in the county who are out-gated,” or attend treatment programs, Amerson said. Families appeal to judges to allow the inmates to attend rehab programs, the sheriff explained.

Amerson said Center of Hope employees do not allow clients to leave the premises unsupervised until they have completed the program.

In September 2009, workers at the center discovered Nunnally had left some time during the night. Although center workers contacted deputies the day Nunnally went missing, Amerson said, deputies were unable to get an arrest warrant signed until March of 2010, when the judge who sent Nunnally to the rehab program approved the warrant.

“Sometimes if someone is released on a court order we have to wait for a judge’s approval to issue a warrant,” Amerson said.

By 2011, Nunnally was in the Talladega County Jail awaiting trial on felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, according to a jail employee. Amerson said that once Nunnally was released from the Talladega County Jail on Monday, he was taken into custody at the Calhoun County Jail.

Nunnally on Monday was charged with felony second-degree escape, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office. His bond was set at $10,000 and his court date is July 22.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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