Overcrowding contributes to 5 escaping Union County Jail
All five of the woman inmates have now been charged with escape.
MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Union County Sheriff’s Office said that five women are now back in custody after an escape from the jail on Sunday night.
The five women escaped from the Union County Jail in Maynardville around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Officials with the Sheriff’s Office said that a search of the immediate area by patrol officers located two of the escaped women quickly.
A Union Co. Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team was called in to track the three remaining escapees. Police said after about a half-mile track, K-9 officers took the remaining three escaped inmates back into custody. All inmates were back in custody an hour and sixteen minutes after the escape.
Sheriff’s officials said that the escape happened partly due to overcrowding in the jail where women inmates are being housed in the hallway outside of the jail housing units. A security door that leads directly to the outside of the jail failed to lock after being closed, the door has been checked and is currently operating properly the official said.
Sheriff’s officials said the women who escaped were Michelle Beeler, April Buckner, Jessica Ray, Amy Benford and Melissa Harrell. All five of the inmates have now been charged with escape.
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