THP searches for escaped Inmate on I-24 in Rutherford County

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol is searching for an escaped inmate on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County on Wednesday afternoon.

THP said inmate Christopher Taylor escaped after being transported by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office on the highway near mile marker 81 in Murfreesboro.

According to the Benton County Sheriff, Taylor had been transported to Benton county but was sent back to Bradley for violation of probation issues. While in transport Wednesday afternoon, he began kicking the cage that runs between the two seats in a patrol car.

After kicking out the cage, the sheriff said that Taylor began to move towards the corrections officer transporting him. The officer then reached for his taser and attempted to tase Taylor. However, the officer missed Taylor.

After the officer pulled over, Taylor escaped out of the vehicle’s front door. He then ran towards the Cracker Barrel near that exit.

We are at a field just off S. Church St. near I-24 where we see multiple agencies investigating. They are flying drones, surveying the area and officers are looking in shrubs/bushes. <a href=””></a>&mdash; Marissa Sulek (@marissa_sulek) <a href=””>January 12, 2022</a>

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is searching on the ground with K9s and the THP helicopter.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said Taylor escaped from authorities on S. Church St. in Murfreesboro. He was wearing orange pants and a white shirt at his escape.

The corrections officer was injured in the wrist and was transported to St. Thomas Rutherford county. Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call local authorities or Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at <a href=”tel:%20615-898-7770″ target=”_blank”>615-898-7770</a>.

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