2 inmates escape East Tennessee jail; 1 still on the run

Michael Teal (Courtesy: Hamblen County Sheriff's Office via WATE)

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WATE) – Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnigan says the second inmate who escaped the county jail is now in custody.

Dakota Truslow was recaptured Monday afternoon.

Deputies say Truslow and Michael Teal escaped around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after assaulting an officer. The officer received injuries to the face, but is expected to recover.

Dakota Truslow (Courtesy: Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office via WATE)

Teal was taken into custody on Sunday. Tara Edens, has been charged with accessory after the fact.

Sheriff Jarnigan said the escape happened as a direct result of overcrowding at the jail.

“My population of the jail is 80 to 90 percent drug-related crime,” said Sheriff Jarnagin. “If you fix the drug problem, you don’t need a new jail. Instead of having 300 plus inmates every day in a jail that’s supposed to have only 255 inmates, my population would go down from 340 inmates to about 60.”