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Whitley County inmate on the run three days after escaping


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - An inmate is still on the run, three days after escaping from jail.

James Fields and Justin Cornett managed to get out of the Whitley County Jail on Friday. While investigators have found Fields, Cornett is still on the run, and police say he should be considered dangerous.

"We haven't determined exactly how but they did exit out a rear door at the kitchen," Chief Wayne Bird, of the Williamsburg Police Department told WKYT on Monday.

Fields was caught near the jail in some woods behind an apartment complex.

"He has not been very cooperative at all, when he was apprehended he didn't give up peacefully, he resisted arrest, he's not been cooperative since he's been back," added Bird.

Police believe Cornett broke into the state highway garage in Williamsburg, and stole clothes, cash, and a truck.

"Cornett once was a work release inmate at the state highway garage so he was very familiar with it," said Bird.

That truck had a GPS system on it, police tracked it to an apartment complex in Laurel County. They say Cornett has family there. They searched the homes of several of his relatives, but didn't find him.

They say he also has family in Knox and Whitley Counties, so police there have been notified.

They are also still trying to determine just how the two men got out of the jail in the first place.

"Currently conducting interviews with inmates who were in the kitchen at the time and kitchen staff that was on duty at the time, looking at phone records and visitations leading up to it," said Bird.

Police say so far, they've had several tips and sightings of Cornett. Bird told us he believes it's just a matter of time until of one those tips leads them to him.

Fields was in jail on identity theft and terroristic threatening charges. Cornett was in jail on burglary and resisting arrest charges.


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