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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Escaped defendants are jailed
Two individuals who came to Cocke County Circuit Court this week to answer charges, ran away when they were ordered to undergo a drug screen. Crystal Lane, 26, Lark Road, Newport, was in court to answer charges that she left a drug rehab program, and so an escape charge was pending. She came to court asking Judge Ben Hooper to grant her early release. But when she continued to interrupt the court, a drug screen was ordered. Before the results were read to the court, Lane fled the courthouse and Deputy Chris Barnes says she was captured near Food City East. After being brought back to the courtroom, the defendant told the court she has a prescription for suboxone. But Assistant Prosecutor Joanne Sheldon told Judge Hooper that Lane now faces a second escape charge, and so the court ordered her into custody. A message is going to be sent, that people should not run, the judge said. A man who came to court Monday and fell asleep in the courtroom, now is in custody. Roy Ray Herron, 29 of Sevierville was in court on Monday to answer charges of Theft over $1,000 and failure to appear for a court hearing. Because he fell asleep, Asst. Prosecutor Tonya Thornton asked that Herron be drug tested. The defendant failed the test for a quantity of controlled substances including methamphetamine. So Judge Ben Hooper revoked his bond, but as Herron awaited transfer to the jail, he jumped from his seat and ran from the courtroom. The defendant didn't get far, because he was tackled and landed face down on the hallway floor. He now faces additional charges of evading arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

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