A man being taken into custody from Rutherford County’s Drug Court ran from a sheriff’s deputy as he was escorted to a sheriff’s vehicle outside the Judicial Building early Thursday but was recaptured two hours later, according to the sheriff’s office.
Travis Barrett, 20, of Leanna Central Valley Road was charged with felony escape after being caught around 11 a.m. on Battle Avenue, sheriff’s supervisors said.
Instead of chasing the suspect immediately, the deputy stayed with two remaining inmates and notified supervisors.
“The deputy made the right choice in making sure the other two inmates were secure and not letting two other inmates escape,” Sheriff Robert Arnold said.
The sheriff and other supervisors conducted the search for Barrett, who had been taken into custody in Drug Court and handcuffed. He was wearing civilian clothes instead of jail clothing. He previously faced misdemeanor charges.
During the search, Deputies Jack Keisling and Randy Morrow of the Fugitive Squad found out that Barrett was in the Kings Highway area off Old Fort Parkway and got an address on January Street.
“As Randy and I pulled up, he was seen running in the back of the house. He jumped two fences,” said Keisling, who chased him.
When Morrow arrived at the scene of the chase, he followed Barrett, who quickly surrendered, according to the report.
Barrett is being held on $7,500 bond, and a hearing is set July 15 in General Sessions Court.