Leaky pipes and rusted bolts responsible for Christmas Day jailbreak

Posted December 28, 2016

Authorities in Newport, Tennessee say they have recaptured five of the six inmates who broke out of jail on Christmas day.

Early Sunday morning, the six inmates removed a loosened bolts holding down toilet which had rusted, getting access to a hole in the wall with concrete damaged during previous repairs to the toilet and plumbing system.

Of the four escapees still on the run, one is considered risky. According to sheriff deputies, Click was apprehended at a traffic stop Monday afternoon in Newport, Tenn., 50 miles east of Knoxville.

The sheriff said there was a water leak behind a stainless steal toilet in the Cocke County Jail Annex, and six total inmates took advantage.

The escaped inmates were Steven Lewis, John Speir, John Shehee, Harce Allen, Eric Click, and David Wayne Frazier.

They then busted a hole through the concrete behind it, which had been damaged during plumbing repairs.

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Before that, John Mark Speir was captured at a house in Cosby, and two others were arrested for harboring him. "It's a never ending task to keep this facility and this place operational", Fontes said. Crews will fix a 3/4 inch steel plate mounted over the exit holes.

Anyone with information to the whereabouts of the remaining fugitive is asked to contact central dispatch at 423-623-3064 or the Cocke County jail at 423-623-6023.

David Frazier was in custody for robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Allen, 28, was serving a 45-day jail sentence for violating his probation.

Eric S Click was also captured Monday after being spotted in a vehicle being driven by another person.