Beckley Correctional fugitive captured in Va.

By The Associated Press

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A West Virginia inmate who escaped in May is back in custody following his capture in Virginia.

The Beckley Correctional Center told media outlets that Chad Edward Cook, 40, was captured in Roanoke on Sunday.

Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon told The Register-Herald that an officer stopped Cook after he saw the inmate riding a bicycle without taillight reflectors on a sidewalk.

Leamon said the officer discovered that Cook was a fugitive from West Virginia.

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said Cook left a work-release job in May.

Cook is serving a sentence for fraud, forgery and false pretenses in Harrison and Upshur counties.

Leamon said Cook is charged in Virginia with falsifying a public document and a traffic violation.

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