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Escapee faces additional charges

Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 05:14 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va.--

Dozens of law enforcement officers were called out on the Labor Day holiday to deal with an inmate manhunt that ended near a residence on Pearson Lane, Ohio County.

Christopher Walls, 29, is facing a handful of new charges, including battery of officer.

Walls was arraigned from the Northern Regional Jail Tuesday afternoon via video conference.

According to a criminal complaint, Walls left the Oglebay Park area, while on work duty for the West Virginia Division of Corrections, around noon Monday.


He allegedly headed to Cloverfield estates, where he attempted to unsuccessfully steal the car of an ex-state trooper.

Officers searched for him in the GC&P Road area and he was spotted several times, but police say he always fled.

Walls was caught around 5 p.m., but fought with an officer, allegedly shoving him, and took off again.

He was finally picked up around 5:30 p.m. We're told he again fought officers and had to be subdued.

Tuesday, Walls was quiet while he was read his charges and warned by Oho County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe about leaving again.

"If there should be an issue and that you'd find a way to leave again I would have to place a $700,000 bounty on you," said Radcliffe.

Walls is back in WVDOC custody. His original charges had to do with drugs and burglary-- out of Harrison County, West Virginia.

He was supposed to have a parole hearing on Jan. 1, but we're told it's unlikely he will get out of jail anytime soon

Escapee faces additional charges


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