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East Tenn. Inmates Escape Through Hole Behind Toilet

Posted at 9:28 AM, Dec 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-26 10:30:04-05

Six inmates in east Tennessee were able to escape on Christmas Day through a hole behind a toilet.

According to CBS Knoxville affiliate WVLT, John Mark Speir, Steven Lewis, John Thomas Shehee, Harce Wade Allen, Eric S Click, and David Wayne Frazier broke out of the Cocke County Jail Annex during the early morning hours of Sunday.

"The inmates escaped after a water leak occurred behind a wall unit stainless steel toilet. Apparently the bolts holding the unit rusted out and there was prior damage to the concrete due to plumbing repairs. The inmates vandalized the lavatory removing it from the wall and gained access to a hole which led outside of the facility," the sheriff told WVLT. 

Speir was later caught at a home in Cosby, while Lewis was captured after a foot chase in the Carson Springs Community.

Shehee, Allen, Click, and Frazier have not yet been captured.