A prisoner being transferred from North Carolina to Sullivan County escaped from a patrol car Friday evening, prompting an extensive search in the Boones Creek area of Johnson City.
Allen Wayne Hale Jr., 31, 188 Bancroft Chapel Road, Lot # 13, Kingsport, freed himself from the back of a Madison County, N.C., Sheriff's Department patrol car and fled around 8 p.m., Johnson City police said in a news release.
Johnson City police cordoned off a section of land near the Boones Creek Road and Flourville Road intersection and searched using police dogs and assistance from outside agencies. Police continued to follow-up on several leads and sightings until early Saturday morning.
Hale was en route to the Sullivan County Detention Center to face a parole violation. He now faces felony escape charges in Johnson City.
Considered dangerous, we was described as a white man, 6 feet tall, about 185 pounds with a bald head and green eyes. Police said anyone having seen or having contact with Hale or someone matching this description should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Tips regarding Hale’s possible whereabouts also may be submitted anonymously by texting 423JCPD and the tip to 847411 (TIP411) or via internet at www.citizenobserver.com.
In July, Kingsport police arrested Hale on several charges after allegedly spotting him riding a motorcycle at more than 100 mph on John B. Dennis Bypass and finding marijuana, pills and cash.
He was charged with possession of schedule VI drugs with the intent to resale, simple possession of schedule III drugs, simple possession of schedule IV drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving.
NET News Service contributed to this article.