Dyer County TN June 4 2012 A man and his girlfriend are in the Dyer County Jail facing felony charges after she assisted him in his failed attempt to escape from court bailiffs.
Jonathan Jones, 23, 533 Elm St., Dyersburg, Tenn., was apprehended by Dyersburg Police shortly after he ran from court security after being sentenced by Dyer County Circuit Court Judge Lee Moore.
Jones appeared in Dyer County Circuit Court on Thursday as the defendant in a jury trial in which he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. The jury returned a guilty verdict and Moore passed sentence on him and ordered him into custody. Jones was handcuffed by bailiffs and was being led to a patrol car to be taken to the Dyer County Jail when he reportedly fled on foot.
Authorities say Jones was soon picked up in a car by his girlfriend, Melanie Parker, 23, 701 Sampson St., Dyersburg, and she dropped him off on Sampson Avenue. Dyersburg Police officers went to a house in the 700 block of Sampson Avenue they believed Jones was at and knocked on the door.
Dyersburg Police Capt. Steve Isbell said when officers knocked on the door, Jones ran out the backdoor where an officer was waiting. A brief struggle ensued with the officer and Jones had to be tased to be subdued. Police then turned Jones over to sheriff’s deputies. Authorities soon found Parker and she too was taken into custody.
Jones was charged with felony escape and Parker was charged with felony facilitation of escape. The couple is being held without bond until their court appearance in Dyer County General Sessions Court on Monday.
Source: Dyersburg State Gazette