Escaped Putnam County inmates captured after pursuit, crash in Lebanon

Michael Flanigan and Jordan Langford (Courtesy: Lebanon Police Department)

LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two inmates who escaped from while working with a road crew in Putnam County were captured after a crash and pursuit in Lebanon early Friday morning.

Jordan Langford, 23, and Michael Flanigan, 21, were caught after crashing a vehicle during a brief pursuit near the town square in Lebanon around 3:30 a.m.

After the crash, police said Flanigan ran and reportedly hid in a trash can. He was apprehended with the help of police K-9 Jaxx a short time later. Flanigan was taken to a local hospital with a minor bite wound.

“He was getting out of the garbage can and Jaxx was deployed,” said Sgt. P.J. Hardy. “You don’t know their intent, or weapons they might have, so Jaxx was the perfect tool to utilize and he did his job exactly as he is trained.”

(Courtesy: Lebanon Police Department)

The inmates were first spotted by authorities in the Walmart parking lot on Cumberland Street around 2:20 a.m.

After attempting to stop the vehicle, officers chased the car onto Interstate 40 and into the square where they crashed into Poppie’s Boutique.

“When she told me about it, I thought about what if one of us was in that store,” said Margaret Anne Hall, who works at the boutique. “It could have been worse – through the store and one of us hurt.”

Two women were inside the vehicle also. Driver Malea Green-Paciunas, 20, and passenger Edna Knight, 23, were both taken into custody. Green-Paciunas is charged with leaving the scene of a property damage crash, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, evading arrest and reckless driving. It is unknown what Knight is charged with.

Before their arrest Friday morning, the inmates were last seen Thursday just north of Cookeville near Gainesboro Grade and Chester King Road.

Langford was previously charged with a violation of probation.

Flanigan was charged with two counts of violation of probation, criminal impersonation, assault, general sessions capias and driving on a re-voked license.

Both Flanigan and Langford had earned enough good behavior points to be selected for one of the work crew programs; however, both have chosen to break not only the rules but laws. Therefore additional warrants and new charges have been filed.

Malea Green-Paciunas and Edna Knight (Courtesy: Lebanon Police Department)