Inmate still on the run after police say airport employee helped him escape

Inmates from the Pulaski County Detention Center were working at the Lake Cumberland Airport when police say employee Clyde Collett was supposed to take two of them back to jail. Only Jason Cannon and Cortney Slusher didn’t show back up at the lock up.

“The detention center was notified by Clyde Collett that one of the inmates assigned to the airport had actually fled,” Somerset Police Lt. Shannon Smith said.

That was Jason Cannon. The story was that the car Collett was driving had broken down at the Somerset Walmart and Cannon had escaped. But police say it was all a lie, a story made up by Collett.

“We discovered that Clyde Collet had actually driven the two inmates to Danville so that Jason Cannon could meet with his girlfriend,” said Smith.

Police say they knew Collett made up the story about the car breaking down when reviewing surveillance video from Walmart.

Police say they don’t think that Collett had necessarily anything to gain by helping the escape, but now he like them is in a world of trouble.

Slusher and Collett were charged and are both in jail. Cannon remains on the run and police are scratching their heads as to why Collett would want to do a favor that would land him in jail. “Now that he’s stuck his neck out for Mr. Cannon, he’s charged as a result,” said Smith.

Police think Cannon could be in either Boyle or Garrard Counties. He already faces probation violation and criminal possession of a forged instrument charges. “I’m sure he’s enjoying his freedom now, but eventually someone will know where he is and call us,” said Smith.

Cannon is 31 years old, 6-2 and 180 lbs. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call their local police department.

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