Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Inmate escapes from Harding Place facility

Authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped overnight from the corrections facility at 5113 Harding Place.

Rick Gentry, a spokesman for the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, said early Tuesday morning that Joseph C. Bennett, 31, a minimum security inmate at the Correctional Development Center site in Antioch, has escaped. The time of escape is under investigation, Gentry said.

Metro police Capt. David Imhof said that police were notified shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday that there had been an escape from 5113 Harding Place. That is the address for the CDC for men, a minimum security facility. Authorities are looking for Bennett, who took off in a U-Haul van, Imhof said. According to police scanner traffic, the inmate was missing since around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The U-Haul van was soon located at Haywood Lane and Bakertown Road in South Nashville, but the inmate was not found. Police are continuing to scour the area.

The inmate was said to have past charges including evading arrest, drug paraphernalia, theft, and probation violation charges.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.


Leigh Ray can be reached at 615-726-5951 or lray@tennessean.com.

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