Vermont convict denies escape charge
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | February 12,2014
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Dana Wescott pleads innocent in White River Junction criminal court to a charge of escape.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A furloughed burglar who allegedly fled Vermont last summer after receiving a settlement check from an insurance company was extradited from Maine to face an escape charge.
A warrant for the arrest of Dana Wescott, 30, had been issued in August, when police said he received a $10,000 check in the mail, gathered up a few belongings from his home in Stockbridge and left Vermont.
Wescott pleaded innocent Monday in White River Junction criminal court to a felony charge of escape, which carries a potential five-year sentence.
He was returned to jail to resume serving his previous sentence of 2½ to 15 years for burglary, possession of stolen property and drunk driving, second offense. He had been serving that term on furlough when he allegedly escaped.
Probation Supervisor David Fitts said Monday that Wescott went to his home town of Biddeford, Maine, where he was spotted by people who knew him. A large tattoo of a prehistoric fish on his neck helped to identify him, Fitts said, and he was arrested during a sting by the Maine Drug Task Force.
Wescott finished serving a five-month sentence in Maine for drug possession, then was extradited to Vermont where he was classified as an escaped prisoner.