A La Vergne man who fled from a Rutherford County courtroom Monday was quickly apprehended by law enforcement officials after a judge ruled he would be placed into custody, pending a decision about whether he should be terminated from the Drug Court program.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office apprehended Julian Wright, 23, within minutes and transported him to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where Lt. Chris Deal charged him with escape.
Wright appeared in Drug Court before Circuit Court Judge Don Ash, who advised Wright would be going into custody for two weeks until he decided if the defendant would serve his sentence and be terminated from the Drug Court program.
When Ash advised him to agree to the deal, Wright ran out of the courtroom.
“I radioed to court security that I had one running and gave a description of Wright,” Deal reported. “(He) ran down the stairs and pushed open the back door.”
Judicial Building Deputy Ashley King ran out the back door after Wright and ordered him to stop. Off-duty Deputy Scott Baker and Judicial Building Deputies Darrell Long and Mark Nolen ran out the front door and nabbed Wright while he was getting into his vehicle.
“During the attempt to open the car door, Baker pulled the door handle completely off the vehicle because the suspect would not open the door,” Long said.
Nolen reported he and King then escorted Wright back to the Judicial Building.
“Wright (said) the reason he ran was due to he was going to be terminated from Drug Court and that he had seven years to do,” Nolen reported.
Wright has previously been convicted of various thefts.
Detention Capt. Derrell Cagle said the Judicial Building’s back door malfunctioned, allowing Wright to flee. Prompting Ben Mankin, county maintenance supervisor for the Judicial Building, and his crew to immediately fix the door, according to officials with the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Robert F. Arnold said deputies assigned to the Judicial Building perform a valuable job in the criminal justice system.
“This is a perfect example of how dangerous their job can be,” Arnold said. “They did an excellent job in this situation to regain custody.”