Inmate captured after escaping from UT Medical Center in Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department says an inmate who escaped from UT Medical Center on Wednesday has been captured.

Jason Hale, 38, Source: Knox County Sheriff’s Office

Inmate Jason Hale escaped from UT Medical Center according to a Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. Hale escaped from a KCSO corrections transportation officer as he was being escorted into UTMC at approximately 8:52 a.m. 

Hale was charged with escape, a felony, late Wednesday.

KCSO and KPD personnel in the area of Cherokee Trail Drive responded to the incident.

The suspect fled to a nearby wooded area. Officers and K-9s from both the KCSO and KPD, as well as UTMC security, were able to establish a perimeter to contain the suspect. 

“I was just sitting there, about to pay to get out of the garage. And I saw a guy jump over the hill, he’s just running and then I notice he had the stripes and the orange crocs on…” said Rhiley Cupp, a wintess to Hale’s escape.

Cupp filmed a short video on her phone, describing the events as “something I’ll never see again.”

Hale was taken into custody without incident at 9:20 a.m.

“I was in my car, I wasn’t scared, it was more comical more than anything,” said Cupp.

According to court records, Hale is in custody for multiple drug-related charges. They include possession and intent to sell meth. He is also charged with theft and forgery, and resisting arrest.

Hale is also facing misdemeanor charges for failure to appear.

Inmate is seen attempting to escape at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. Source: Rhiley Cupp

Hale is due back in court in December on those previous charges.


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