Heflin police arrest escaped inmate charged with assaulting officers
July 8, 2017
By Daniel Gaddy
The Anniston Star


Heflin police arrested an escaped Georgia inmate charged with assaulting police officers Saturday night after a traffic stop on Interstate 20.

Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said the Sheriff's Office in Wheeler County, Ga. issued a "be on the lookout" alert for Seth Vickers 15 minutes before Heflin officers stopped Vickers on his way to Oklahoma.

Benefield said Vickers had been jailed on charges of trafficking methamphetamine as well as seven counts of assaulting a police officer. Benefield said he didn't know if the drug and assault cases stemmed from the same incident.

Vickers “surrendered without any conflict,” Benefield said.

Benefield said Saturday night that the Wheeler County Sheriff was in the process of extraditing Vickers.

Telfair County Sheriff's deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers arrested Vickers and two women Jan. 3. According to WGXA in Georgia, deputies and troopers found drugs, including more than 41 grams of methamphetamine and multiple weapons during the arrest.

The sheriff told the station that Vickers was armed and it appeared that he was reaching for his weapon. Deputies apprehended Vickers before any shots were fired, though one deputy suffered an injured hand in the altercation, according to WGXA.