A Rockford man furloughed from the Blount County Jail in April was arrested Monday after allegedly failing to return to custody and posing as his brother three days earlier during a run-in with deputies.

Robert Lee Pilkey, 24, Russellwood Drive, was arrested on charges of escape and identity theft. He was being held in lieu of bonds totaling $10,000 pending a 1:30 p.m. June 20 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court.

Court records show Pilkey was in jail awaiting hearings on several counts of violation of probation as well as a DUI charge he picked up March 12. Pilkey also was charged with driving while his license was revoked for a prior DUI conviction.

A furlough order was entered April 4 and he was released, court records show. But deputies said he never returned to jail.

Pilkey had a run-in with police June 8 when Blount County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Dollar General, 2906 Mentor Road, Louisville, at around 8 p.m. to a report of two suspicious subjects sitting in a vehicle, according to a police report.

Deputies said they arrived to find Pilkey and one of his brothers inside the vehicle. Pilkey identified himself as yet another brother, but deputies didn’t uncover the deception until after releasing the two men, according to the report.

Deputies said they were unsuccessful in locating Pilkey at the homes of several of his family members. But on Monday, deputies learned Pilkey was staying at a residence on Russellwood Drive in Rockford and took him into custody there, the report said.

Pilkey also is to appear at a July 30 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court to address several violation of probation charges.

Crime and courts reporter for The Daily Times.

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