Jefferson County inmate’s attempted escape ends with stolen vehicle crash

Crime and Courts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – An inmate in Jefferson County is back behind bars Monday after a botched escape attempt ended when he crashed a stolen landfill truck.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey said inmate Jacob Thomas escaped around 7 a.m. while performing a work detail at the Jefferson County Landfill.

“He was in jail for a DUI with two weeks left to serve. He traded a misdemeanor DUI for felony escape and theft over $1,000 for about 6 minutes of freedom before he crashed.”

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey

No injuries were reported during the escape. A photo of Thomas was not immediately available.

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