By Randy Arrington
LURAY — Although details are thin, local law enforcement was successful in thwarting an attempted escape from the Page County Jail last week, returning the inmate to his cell within an hour.
On Independence Day, Adam Lee Hovey of Luray attempted to flee police custody while being transported back to the jail following an appointment for medical treatment at Page Memorial Hospital, according to Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage.
“On July 4, 2021, a Page County inmate by the name of Adam Lee Hovey needed medical attention that required a transport to Page Memorial Hospital. This was a decision made by the attending physician on call,” Sheriff Cubbage replied to a PVN inquiry. “At which point, inmate Hovey was transported to PMH, where he received medical attention. Inmate Hovey was then released back to jail custody by medical professionals at PMH.”
Sheriff Cubbage would not confirm or deny claims that Hovey may have had outside help to facilitate his escape.
“[En] route back to [the] facility, inmate Hovey was able to orchestrate an escape at approximately 2:54 p.m.,” Sheriff Cubbage continued in his statement. “Within approximately one hour, inmate Hovey was apprehended with no incident or injury in Warren County by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.”
Sheriff Cubbage went on to state that Hovey “is currently being held at an outside facility with a number of pending charges.”
A search of criminal records in Page County Circuit Court indicate that an Adam Hovey plead guilty to six felony charges in 2008 ranging from manufacturing and possessing explosive materials, to three counts of drug possession and one count of felony possession of a firearm. On July 22, 2015, an Adam Lee Hovey plead guilty to obtaining money (more than, or equal to $200) by false pretenses. The conviction came with a sentence of 4 years, 6 months, with two years suspended.
Sheriff Cubbage declined to answer more detailed questions about the incident, particularly those related to Hovey’s medical treatment or reason for transport to PMH.
“Thank you for your inquiry. Please know that while I appreciate your wanting to get the proper information regarding this incident, I have to ensure that I remain in compliance with HIPPA regulations,” the sheriff stated. “This incident is still under investigation by Page County Sheriff’s Department.”