Claiborne inmate escapes work detail

Published 10:04 am Friday, November 2, 2018

A Claiborne County Jail inmate escaped from a litter patrol truck at the County Landfill shortly before 11 a.m. on Nov. 1. However, his freedom was short-lived. William James Rouse, 46, was recaptured at 3:05 p.m., according to the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Bobby Brooks said during a telephone interview on Friday morning that his officers scoured the area, contacting known family members.

According to Brooks, Rouse made contact with his daughter, who immediately called Sgt. Eddie Hurley.

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Rouse was safely returned to custody, with no incident. He was lodged in the Claiborne County Jail on charges of aggravated criminal trespassing, vandalism and burglary.