Inmate falls through ceiling during escape attempt


An inmate’s escape attempt came to a painful, humiliating end when he fell through the jailhouse ceiling.

Officers then tased him while he was dangling over the floor and it was all caught on security video.

“Some inmates were ready to come back from our recreation area…they were escorted to the booking area.”

It all seemed like a normal Monday night at the Jackson County Jail until 28-year-old Blaze Ayers decided to a make a run for it.

His first move into the medical exam room…“Locked the door behind him and then proceeded to climb up into the ceiling. Once he got into the ceiling, he started to make his way towards the booking area.”

Through the ceiling, Ayers cut across the fingerprint room, then he got stuck and fell right through the ceiling, getting tangled in wires along the way.

“There is quite a significant amount of damage to our ceiling, and three main areas. Our booking area, our medical room and our finger print room.”

As Ayers was hanging there, deputies tased him. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out but now, he’s right back where he started, in jail.

Originally, he was booked for failure to appear in court for a battery charge, but the whole ordeal has already led to charges for jail commander Chris Everhart.

“We’ve changed a few things; the medical room no longer locks. We’re probably going to replace that with a privacy curtain. Our recreation policy is going to change a little bit.”

Though it’s no the first time someone has tried to use the ceiling as a way to get out.

“It’s pretty uncommon. It has happened before. We’ve had two other incidents several years ago but there’s never been a successful escape here. We always tell the inmates, to follow the rules and they’re disciplined if they don’t.”

Ayers is now charged with escape and criminal mischief from the incident.

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(This story was originally published on February 7, 2019)

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