Prisoner who fled jail after killing mother is tracked down by police

Prisoner who fled jail after killing mother is tracked down by police

June 6, 2022

Prisoner who fled jail after ploughing into a family leaving a mother dead and two others seriously injured in hit-and-run is tracked down by police

  • Alan Paul Steel caused the death a Sunderland mum by reckless driving in 2006
  • Steel got a 15 year sentence but escaped from HMP Sudbury on May 31
  • Derbyshire Constabulary issued a public appeal to trace the 42-year-old inmate

Alan Paul Steel left a mother dead when he moved down a family of three in 2006, with police tracking him down and the courts handing him a 15-year sentence. But the prisoner escaped from HMP Sudbury on Tuesday, with Derbyshire Constabulary issuing a public appeal to trace the 42-year-old inmate, captured on Tuesday

A prisoner on-the-run who was sentenced for ploughing into three family members, causing the death of a Sunderland mum while high on drugs, has been captured by police after escaping from HMP Sudbury.

Alan Paul Steel was 26 years old when he knocked down Paula Stead, 32, during the hit-and-run, running over two other members of the same family on the Ford Estate in Sunderland in September 2006.

Steel, a heroin user, left the family for dead by the side of the road and sped off in the vehicle.

Danica, 10 at the time, lost her leg following the collision at the junction of St Luke’s Road and Front Street.

Steel also left Paula’s daughter Bridie and Paula’s cousin Danica Green seriously injured. 

The incident trigger a major manhunt, with police tracking down Steel and arresting him.

Before the court, he admitted causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop or report an accident, and driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.

The judge handed Steel an indefinite sentence with a minimum of 13 years.

Steel escaped from HMP Sudbury (pictured) at around 1.15am on Tuesday, May 31

But at around 1.15am on Tuesday, May 31, Steel escaped from HMP Sudbury, an open prison in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Constabulary issued a public appeal to trace the inmate, now 42-year-old.

Days passed by without word on his location, as the escaped prisoner remained at large.

On Tuesday, the force confirmed it has captured Steel, tracked down by officers at Nottinghamshire Police.

Derbyshire Constabulary said: ‘A man convicted for causing death by dangerous driving, who we were trying to trace after he left HMP Sudbury earlier this week (31 May), has been found.

‘Alan Paul Steel (42) has been located by officers from Nottinghamshire Police. Thank you to everyone who responded to our appeal to trace him.’

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