Inmate escapes in corrections officer vehicle while being transported to Bedford County jail

Posted at 8:58 AM, Apr 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-27 10:01:16-04

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Bedford County inmate escaped custody in a Sumner County corrections officer's vehicle early Saturday morning.

According to the Sumner County Sheriff's Department, 21-year-old Dreon Key was being transported from Sumner County to Bedford County's jail by the corrections officer.

When they arrived at the jail, Key managed to take control of the officer's car and flee.

Officers from Rutherford County Sheriff's Department pursued the stolen car on I-24 toward Nashville, but discontinued their chase at the Davidson County line.

The stolen vehicle is a white 2011 Chevrolet Impala adorned with green and yellow sheriff stripes.

Key now has charges for escape and theft of a vehicle. These are in addition to his other pending charges, which include robbery and weapons violations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sumner County Sheriff's Office at (615) 451-3838.