Escaped Jefferson Co. inmate captured

Escaped inmate captured / Source: JCSO

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office said an escaped inmate has been captured.

The sheriff's office said 35-year-old Jason Carr stole a vehicle from the Jefferson County Schools Bus Garage shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 19. Investigators said Carr was being held on a theft and probation violation.

On September 30, the sheriff's office said Carr was captured following a pursuit on Lakeshore Road by the Grainger County Sheriff's Office.

"Our offices have worked in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department since the events of September 19 and have interviewed the Transportation Supervisor and the employees that work in the garage," officials said in a release.

Four county employees have been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation. The Sheriff's Department and Human Resources are working to learn whether the employees violated any company policy or supervisor's directives.

Officials said there is no evidence that the employees in question helped facilitate the escape.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Carr was part of a small group of inmates who regularly help the garage site with cleaning of buses and routine maintenance under the direction of the garage mechanics.

Investigators said he took a 1999 Chevrolet Impala with a Jefferson County Schools emblem on the side with tag GV8606.

Carr is being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center where he faces charges in Jefferson County and Grainger County.

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