NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An inmate jumped 40 feet off a bluff when he tried to escape police custody Saturday afternoon.
According to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, a group of inmates were on a routine bus transport from downtown Nashville to the Davidson County Male Correctional Development Center around 3 p.m.
During the ride, 34-year-old Jerry Young and 30-year-old Michael Young, removed their restraints.
As everyone was getting off the bus, both men ran toward a tree line near the correctional facility.
Jerry Young was caught immediately in the wooded area, while Michael Young appeared to jump approximately 40 feet into a rock quarry near Franklin Limestone Road.
He was found injured at the bottom.
“It’s just a rock bluff. So we’re not sure he knew exactly what he was doing when he made that decision,” said Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall. “The other gentleman wasn’t as willing to try it and we had him. But it’s very dangerous. He easily could have died.”
Michael Young was soon rescued and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. He was released from the hospital around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning and returned to the Criminal Justice Center.
“Transporting inmates to and from correctional facilities is one of our most vulnerable responsibilities. This event reinforces the need for a strong perimeter in order to secure out entire campus,” explained Sheriff Hall. “Our officers did an outstanding job today and Nashville is a safer place tonight because of their actions.”
Jerry Young has been incarcerated since Tuesday for misdemeanor assault and theft of property charges. Michael Young was arrested Thursday for a probation violation.
Both men will now face additional escape charges after Saturday’s attempted escape.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.