SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – An inmate who escaped from the Sevier County Jail Annex was caught a short time later, but only after he stole a vehicle and rammed two Sevierville police officers’ patrol cars.
Stanley J. Wallace, 24, of Kingston, was awaiting trail on a theft charge. The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office says he was outside in a fenced-in recreation yard around 3:34 p.m. when he jumped a fence, forced a gate open and escaped.
A corrections officer ran after Wallace. A bystander told him Wallace jumped into a red Chevy Blazer parked at a nearby business and drove north on Old Knoxville Highway.
A Sevierville Police Department officer spotted the vehicle around 3:48 p.m. on Highway 66. It then turned onto Alder Branch Road and into a driveway.
The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but officials say Wallace then struck the officers cruiser with the SUV. Another officer arrived on scene, and Wallace rammed his vehicle as well, according to officers.
Officers got out at gunpoint and ordered Wallace to stop, but he continued to try to flee. Eventually, an officer shot out the rear tire on the stolen SUV, forcing Wallace to stop. He was then taken into custody and taken to the main jail.
Wallace is charged with felony jail escape, two counts of aggravated assault on an officer, two counts of felony vandalism and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
Additional charges may be pending.