6 Tennessee inmates climb through toilet hole, escape on Christmas Day; 4 still on the run
COCKE COUNTY (WATE) — Police have caught two of the six Cocke County inmates that escaped from the county’s jail annex early Sunday morning.
CLICK FOR MUGSHOTS OF ALL 6 ESCAPED INMATESThe Cocke County Sheriff’s Office says the inmates escaped after a water leak occurred behind a wall unit stainless steel toilet. Reports show the bolts holding the unit rusted out and there was prior damage to the concrete due to plumbing repairs. The inmates then vandalized the lavatory, removing it from the wall, and gained access to a hole which led outside of the facility.
One inmate, identified as John Mark Speir, was captured at a residence in the Cosby community. Two other people were charged for harboring Speir.
Inmate Steven Lewis was also captured after a foot chase by officers in the Carson Springs Community. The remaining fugitives are still on the run.
The other four inmates have been identified as:
John Thomas Shehee, 28, who was facing