Cocke County Sheriff’s Office searches for escaped inmate

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UPDATE: The inmate has been captured.

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WATE) – The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an inmate that escaped bailiffs’ custody Monday.

CCSO says they are looking for William “Billy” Hance, age 47, who was being moved Monday from the Cocke County General Sessions Court back to the Cocke County Jail Annex, when he escaped.

The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office posted this warning to Facebook Monday evening, saying that Hance is 5’9 and weighs 149 pounds. Hance also has long brown hair.

Please read and contact ASAP if he is seen. Thanks

Posted by Cocke County Sheriff Office on Monday, July 8, 2019

Hance fled custody on foot while handcuffed in front, running down the courthouse stairs and exiting the building.

“The supervising officer was unaware that Hance had fled from his presence,” a CCSO statement reads.

Hance was in custody for the following charges:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Driving while license revoked
  • Reckless driving
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Kidnapping
  • Financial responsibility
  • Evading arrest
  • Failure to exercise due care
  • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle
  • Failure to maintain his lane of travel

Anyone who sees Hance is asked to call 911.

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