Runaway Inmate Faces Additional Charges

An inmate of the Fentress County Jail is facing additional  charges after completion of an incident  in which she assaulted a Sheriff’s Department officer and stole a Sheriff’s Dept. vehicle, which she later wrecked in Pickett County.

Ms. Stephanie Briggs, 32, of Allardt, was being held in the Fentress County Jail on charges of Theft Over $2,500 among other charges, and had been taken to Union Bank on Thursday, August 22 to obtain bail money, when she allegedly assaulted Officer  Sue Cravens and fled in a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser.

According to Fentress County Sheriff Michael Reagon, Assistant Jail Administrator  Cravens had transported Ms. Briggs to the bank, and when she let her out of the car, Ms. Briggs overpowered Officer Cravens and fled in the vehicle traveling north on Highway 127, going through the York Institute and Pine Haven school zones at a very high rate of speed, and continuing north on Highway 127.

Ms. Briggs reportedly proceeded to Pall Mall, where she lost control of her car and left the road, but was able to get the police cruiser back on the road and continued  north into Pickett County, where she lost control again, this time crossing the center line and colliding with a 2001 GMC pickup truck, driven by Larry Hannahan, 68, of Deer Lodge.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.