Inmate captured, stolen patrol car recovered in Henning

JACKSON, Tenn. — An escaped inmate has been captured and the stolen patrol car he was driving has been recovered in Henning, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Officers had been searching for the Franklin County inmate who escaped in Fayette County in a patrol car, according to the sheriff’s office. The car was believed to be traveling eastbound on Interstate 40. According to Sgt. Chris Guess with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Middle Tennessee, the vehicle is a white Dodge Charger with green and gold lettering and does not have police lights on top. Guess said the car was stolen outside a Pilot gas station at Exit 42 in Fayette County. Two officers went to Dallas to pick up Rodney L. Reid, 24, an inmate wanted in Franklin County, according to Guess. Guess said he considered the inmate armed and dangerous. While one officer was inside the gas station and the other was pumping gas, the inmate crawled through the plastic window that divides the cruiser, according to Guess. The inmate was then able to leave with the vehicle, Guess said. Lt. Brad Wilbanks with the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed the inmate was in shackles and wearing an orange jumpsuit at the time of the escape. The inmate is wanted in Franklin County on charges of violation of probation, failure to appear and driving without a license and was originally jailed on a marijuana charge, according to Guess. Franklin County sheriff’s personnel were dispatched to pick up the deputies stranded where the car was stolen, Guess said. Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News and for updates.

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