Stolen government truck found after Greene Co. inmate escapes work detail

GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) –  Deputies say a stolen Greeneville government work truck has been found, but the man suspect of stealing it has not been captured.

The stolen truck, now spray-painted black, was found this morning in a field near McDonald Elementary School. But the suspect, escaped inmate Charles Lawson, is still on the run.


24-year-old Charles Lawson (Greene County Sheriff’s Office)

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department says Lawson was involved in a chase on Monday around 2:30 a.m., but eluded authorities.

The sheriff’s office says the inmate escaped from a work detail on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old is now facing escape and multiple other charges. Authorities said Lawson stole a vehicle from Greeneville Parks and Recreation. 

Officers spotted the truck overnight and they say it appears it has been painted blank and the tags have been removed. He was last spotted near Mosheim.

The vehicle was a 2007 white Ford F-350 4-door with “Town of Greeneville” on the doors. It has a bent tailgate with government tags. TN Government tag: GY0397. Lawson was previously spotted on Sunday afternoon on Old Asheville Highway in the South Greene Community.

If you have any information on Lawson or know his location, call your local law enforcement or 911. As always, you may send info by Facebook message or by texting 423-588-9945. You may also call our anonymous tip line at 423-972-7000.

This is a photo of the stolen, but now recovered, Greeneville government truck. Greene County deputies said the stolen work truck was repainted black. (Source: WJHL)


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