Hawkins County inmate captured after escaping work detail

Eric G. Hale

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Hawkins County Sheriff confirmed an inmate who escaped from a work detail in Rogersville was recaptured early Tuesday.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said Eric Hale was arrested in the Surgoinsville area around 2 a.m. Tuesday. On Monday, the 34-year-old inmate was working with Hawkins County Maintenance employees in mowing the grounds of the Hawkins County Health Department on Park Boulevard prior to him running away.

Hale was serving time for identity theft, driving on a revoked license and violation of parole charges.

Sheriff Lawson said Hale was recaptured without incident but did not provide any more details about his recapture.  Hale is now charged with felony escape.

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