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Inmates Steal Van, Ram Jail Fences In Escape Attempt

June 27, 2018 - 1:44 pm

BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - Two Michigan jail inmates attempted to escape by ramming a stolen service van into a fence at the jail in Jackson County's Blackman Township.

According to Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand, at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, the pair breached the Chanter Road Correctional Facility's interior fence -- but was stopped by a second barrier fence.

One inmate threatened the driver of a service van that was within the jail grounds, Rand said. The inmate then took the keys to the van and was joined by a second inmate. Both subjects got into the van, Rand said, and attempted to ram the vehicle through the perimeter fences. The van breached the first inner fence but became disabled due to the damage to the vehicle.

Deputies responded and subdued both inmates by deploying their TASER and pepper spray, according to the sheriff, who added that the staff's quick response prevented any further attempts to escape.

Both inmates were removed from the facility and placed into isolation where they await charges for vehicle theft and attempted escape. Their names were not immediately released. 

The damaged fences were repaired, according to a news release, and the facility was secured following the incident. 

The sheriff's office said further efforts are underway to ensure an incident like this does not happen again, but did not immediately offer any details.