Escapee and partner captured

Published 5:33 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019

A man accused of escaping from a work detail in Middlesboro has been recaptured after police responded to a tip that he was at his girlfriend’s home.

Rocky Howerton, 37, and Brooklyn Clark, 35, were arrested Tuesday evening by Sgt. Barry Cowan and officers of the Middlesboro Police Department.

The search for Howerton lasted several days after authorities said he jumped from a work truck at the intersection of 25th Street and Highway 441.

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According to reports, Howerton was only a few weeks away from getting out of jail when he escaped. He was serving a 30-day sentence.

On Tuesday, authorities received information about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that Howerton could be found at Clark’s home on Haywood Road.

According to the arrest citation, when Sgt. Cowan pulled into the driveway of the home, Howerton ran out of the front door but was apprehended after Cowan chased him down.

Howerton and Clark were both arrested and taken to the Bell County Detention Center.

Clark was charged with escape second degree facilitation and was released on bond.

Howerton was charged with escape second degree and fleeing or evading on foot second degree. He has no bond.