Note: This story was updated at 12:38 p.m.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department on Monday helped capture two felons who had escaped from Kentucky after stealing a truck and fleeing from a work detail, authorities said.
The two escaped felons were captured Monday afternoon, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said. They had allegedly stolen a truck and fled from a work detail in Whitley County, Kentucky.
Kentucky authorities sent out an alert, and the truck was spotted later in Campbell County, Tennessee. Jacksboro and Caryville police departments along with the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force began a pursuit that traveled south on Interstate 75, Lucas said.
He said the two escapees exited at Rocky Top and came down Lake City Highway into Clinton.
“One of our deputies put out spike strips on North Main Street in Clinton, which flattened at least one of the tires,” Lucas said. “The chase continued through Clinton onto Sulphur Springs Road, where they were spun out. They fled on foot but were caught. We had several deputies that assisted.”
The two escapees, Justin Jerald Jaynes, 24, and Michael Isaiah Mayes, 24, were taken into custody, Lucas said. They are being held in the Campbell County jail on charges related to the pursuit as well as being fugitives from justice from Kentucky.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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