COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Six men escaped from the Cocke County Jail Annex during the early morning hours of Christmas Day. Investigators said the inmates escaped through a hole behind a stainless steel toilet.
According to the sheriff, "The inmates escaped after a water leak occurred behind a wall unit stainless steel toilet. Apparently the bolts holding the unit rusted out and there was prior damage to the concrete due to plumbing repairs. The inmates vandalized the lavatory removing it from the wall and gained access to a hole which led outside of the facility."
Investigators said John Mark Speir was caught at a home in Cosby and Steven Lewis was captured after a foot chase in the Carson Springs Community. During Speir's arrest, Daniel Speir and Jarred Schoondermark were charged with harboring a fugitive.
The sheriff confirmed that two other inmates, Eric S. Click and Harce Wade Allen, were captured Monday. The Cocke County Sheriff's Office said Allen was taken into custody by undercover narcotics officers.
At 8:05 p.m. Monday, escaped inmate John Shehee turned himself in to Cocke County authorities. Investigators said his father helped deputies by coaxing Shehee to turn himself in.
Inmate David Wayne Frazier was taken into custody at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday without incident in Forsyth County, Georgia.
Frazier is being held in the Forsyth County Jail and will be extradited back to Tennessee after a waiver of extradition is signed.
Frazier was the final inmate being sought by the Cocke County Sheriff's Office. He had been on the run since December 25.
Sheriff Armando Fontes said in a statement, "I am thankful no one was injured during this incident and I want to reassure the public that our law enforcement agency as well as every law enforcement agency across the state of Tennessee will always work relentlessly in pursuing those who commit criminal acts or run from the judicial system."