Inmate brings 'guests' with him


A 38-year-old man wanted in West Point on a bad check charge from almost three years ago returns to Clay County and brings nine 'friends' with him for an overnight stay.

Texas Prisoner Transportation Services brought 38-year-old James Boothe to the Clay jail late Sunday night after he was picked up in Georgia on the warrant from April 2015 for fraudulent use of identity. He was caught during a traffic stop there and the old warrant showed up in the national computer database.

When the Texas company's transport van checked in Sunday night, the officers asked to stay the night. That meant nine other prisoners being taken to various locations spent the night in the Clay County Jail.

"It happens about two or three times a year," Clay County Sheriff's Records Clerk Patty Goff said of the overnight stay. "Their guys needed to rest. We just charge them the normal fee."

The extra inmates were gone by mid-morning Monday.