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Four Inmates Flee Jail, Return With Beer
« on: July 22, 2004, 02:39:45 AM »
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Four Inmates Flee Jail, Return With Beer
By Associated Press

July 20, 2004, 7:04 PM EDT


ROGERSVILLE, Tennessee -- With their cell doors accidentally left unlocked, four county jail inmates escaped only to return the same night -- with beer.

The Hawkins County Jail inmates, who bought four cases of beer before returning to the jail, were charged Monday with escape and introduction of intoxicants into a penal institution, the Kingsport Times-News newspaper reported Tuesday.

"I guess they thought if they came back they wouldn't be charged with escape, but they were wrong," Sheriff Warren Rimer said.

Ridgy Dean Coleman, Jimmy Joe Stapleton, David Wayne Blizzard and David Allen Hopkins escaped Thursday night when their cell block doors were unlocked and a faulty control panel failed to alert jailers, Rimer said.

Two of the inmates walked out through a fire exit, left the door propped open with a small Bible and made a hole in the exercise yard fence. They walked to a nearby market and bought the beer.

The inmates did not raise alarm at the store because they were wearing street clothes borrowed from other prisoners. The crowded jail doesn't have enough orange jumpsuits for all of its inmates.

The sheriff pointed out that all 36 inmates on the cell block might have tried to escaped while the doors were unlocked.

"At least they came back," he said.

Copyright 2004, The Associated Press

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Re: Four Inmates Flee Jail, Return With Beer
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2004, 12:42:19 PM »
You'd think that the wardens would at least be grateful that they didn't have to spend thousands of dollars and countless hours on a manhunt for several prisoners.

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Re: Four Inmates Flee Jail, Return With Beer
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2004, 08:54:06 PM »
So did they get to keep the beer?

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Re: Four Inmates Flee Jail, Return With Beer
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2004, 10:17:04 AM »
My guess is no.

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Re: Four Inmates Flee Jail, Return With Beer
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2004, 10:28:21 AM »
They should have downed the beer before returning to the prison.