ELIZABETHTON — Carter County deputies were searching downtown Elizabethton Wednesday morning for a man who escaped custody after being arrested in the Criminal Courtroom.

Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said Trystan Jeffrey Godsey was being taken into custody on a violation of probation and was being handcuffed behind his back.

Lunceford said there was a pop sound and Godsey apparently got free from one of the cuffs and then escaped from the deputy.

Lunceford said Godsey was wearing street clothes but was barefoot at the time of the escape on the chilly morning.

Several deputies searched the area around the courthouses following Godsey’s escape, but were unable to locate him.

Lunceford said Godsey is not considered a threat to the public. He said he expected to have Godsey in custody soon.

According to court records, Godsey was in court on a plea deadline on a charge of aggravated assault. He had been bonded out on a $10,000 bond. by Sanford and Sons Bail Bonds.

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John Thompson covers Carter and Johnson counties for the Johnson City Press since 1998. He grew up in Washington County and graduated from University High and East Tennessee State University

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