Greene County sheriff: Inmate escapes work detail, steals vehicle

Charles Lawson (Greene County Sheriff's Office)

GREENEVILLE (WATE) – A Greene County inmate is on the run after escaping custody and stealing a government vehicle Sunday night.

Investigators say Charles Lawson, 24, was on a work crew Sunday afternoon when he ran from custody. Lawson then stole a pickup truck from Greeneville Parks and Rec and was seen driving off on Old Asheville Highway in the South Greene community.

Lawson was then involved in a pursuit around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, but was not caught. The stolen truck was spray painted black at that point.

The vehicle was then found later on Monday in a field near McDonald Elementary School. Lawson has still not been found.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


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