A fugitive who has remained at large since April was apprehended at the Valero gas station on U.S. 23 in Portsmouth.
Thomas Galloway, 48, of McDermott was arrested Tuesday evening. Ohio State Highway Patrol and Scioto County Sheriff were among those on the scene.
Bondsman Teresa Blankenship, owner of Buckeye Bail Bonds, explained that thanks to several tips, authorities found out that Galloway was staying at the Ameristay on U.S. 23 and driving a white Ford Expedition, registered to Everette Hodge. On Tuesday, authorities gained access to Galloway’s hotel room. The fugitive wasn’t there. However, he returned with authorities still in the area. Upon seeing that his room had been searched, Galloway immediately went to the adjacent Valero. Galloway was quickly taken into custody.
Hodge, who was inside the vehicle, was also taken into custody.
Officers quickly found more than two grams of illegal drugs but expect to find more as the investigation unfolds. As of 6:30 p.m., officers were still searching the vehicle.
This past spring, Galloway was sentenced to 12 years in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) for felony drug charges including aggravated trafficking. Galloway had charges in both Scioto and Adams counties and was sentenced in both counties but never conveyed to jail.
On Dec. 22, Galloway posted a $5,000 bond on aggravated possession of drugs (a fifth-degree felony) and a $25,000 bond on multiple charges of aggravated drug trafficking (a second-degree felony) for two cases in Scioto County. On the same day, he also posted a $150,000 bond for charges in Adams County. He then plead guilty to his Scioto County charges on Feb. 8. Judge Harcha sentenced Galloway to 12 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) for one count of aggravated possession of drugs and four years and 12 months in the ODRC for three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and possessing criminal tools.
Harcha then issued a stay of execution of Galloway’s sentence in order to allow him time to deal with his charges in Adams County. A copy of the Adams County docket shows that on April 7, Galloway pled guilty to aggravated possession of drugs and was sentenced on the same day to six years to run consecutive with his time in Scioto County for a total of 12 years. He was furthered ordered to remain on house arrest until April 10 when Galloway was to return to the Scioto County Sheriff to be transported to prison.
This is when officials lost track of Galloway, of failed to appear on April 10. On April 11, Harcha ordered a bench warrant for Galloway’s arrest.
Harcha then filed a forfeiture on the bond, making Buckeye Bail Bonds responsible. Blankenship explained that Galloway’s mom had put up her house to cover the bond.
After days of helping with other officials, Blankenship explained the search had left her exhausted.
“I wasn’t taking this woman’s house if I didn’t have to,” she stated.
Blankenship added that she had been helping area authorities who had also worked hard to find the felon.
“We’ve all worked together – State Patrol, Sheriff, Portsmouth and New Boston,” Blankenship commented. “We’ve been everywhere looking for this guy.”
Additional charges are pending.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.
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