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CCSD inmate escapes into ceiling duct at hospital

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By Jennifer Caldwell

A Campbell County Sheriff’s Department inmate enjoyed some freedom last week, albeit short lived.

Inmate Christopher Wilhoit was taken to St. Mary’s of Campbell County for treatment on Feb. 7, when he allegedly used a trip to the bathroom as means to orchestrate an escape from custody.

According to LaFollette Police spokesperson Det. Lt. Jeff Allen, Officer William Owens was called to the hospital on a report of the inmate attempting to leave the scene.

Allen reported that when Deputy Franklin Ayers allegedly allowed the prisoner a trip to the men’s room, Wilhoit climbed through the ceiling tiles in an attempt to escape.

The hospital building sustained damage when Wilhoit tore down ceiling tiles in an attempt to jump over CCSD Det. Jimmy Jeffries head, Allen said.

Wilhoit was eventually apprehended by Owens inside the ceiling while continuing attempts to evade authorities.

At press time, there were no records to indicate if Wilhoit had been charged in the incident.

Repeated attempts were made to obtain comment from the sheriff’s department on the incident. The CCSD declined all opportunities.