NEWPORT—A Cocke County Corrections Officer sustained injuries after a female inmate attempted to escape from custody on Tuesday, June 4.
The inmate was identified as Savannah Teague, 19, 8th Street. She is facing charges of escape, assault, theft under $1,000, and resisting stop, frisk, halt.
On Tuesday, Sgt. Max Laughter said correction officers were leading a group of females from the Cocke County Jail Annex to the jail facility located on the third floor of the Cocke County Courthouse, when Teague reportedly slipped out of her handcuffs and ran toward to the Pigeon River.
At that time, correction officer Jacquelyn Hardman pursued Teague. As officer Hardman grabbed Teague, she pulled away causing officer Hardman to fall and injure her ankle. She was later transported to the Newport Medical Center.
According to the report, Sgt. Laughter said he and other officers with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and Newport Police Department found Teague floating down the Pigeon River a short time later and gave her commands to come to shore.
Sgt. Laughter said Teague did not comply with commands and went toward the opposite side of the bank near Clifton Heights.
Sgt. Laughter stated he then went to the area of Clifton Heights and found Teague in the woods where he ordered her to the ground at gunpoint.
Teague continued to ignore commands, the report stated.
At that time, Sgt. Laughter took her to the ground and was able to apprehend her.
Sgt. Laughter reported during the escape, Teague threw her jail issued shirt into the river. In addition, she sustained minor injuries to her face and arms.