2 Hamblen County inmates recaptured after escape

L: Dakota Truslow, R: Michael Teal (Photos: Hamblen County Sheriff)

MORRISTOWN (WATE) – Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnigan says a second inmate who escaped the county jail is now in custody.

Dakota Truslow was recaptured Monday afternoon.

Hamblen County Sheriff deputies say Truslow and Michael Teal escaped around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after assaulting an officer. The officer received injuries to the face, but is expected to recover.

Teal was taken into custody on Sunday. Tara Edens, has been charged with accessory after the fact.

Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnigan said the escape happened as a direct result of overcrowding at the jail.

“My population of the jail is 80-90 percent drug-related crime,” said Sheriff Jarnagin. “If you fix the drug problem, you don’t need a new jail. Instead of having 300 plus inmates every day in a jail that’s supposed to have only 255 inmates, my population would go down from 340 inmates to about 60.”

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