Blown tire detours bus with inmates

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Posted 3/4/18

A ride from a local jail to state prison took an unexpected detour on Friday morning when a bus transporting inmates sustained a tire blowout.

According to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, 74 Tennessee Department of Corrections inmates were transported from the Bradley County Jail to separate state prisons on Friday morning. TDOC took the inmates into their custody, with the first transport incorporating 60 male inmates, while the second transport incorporated 14 female inmates.

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Blown tire detours bus with inmates

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A ride from a local jail to state prison took an unexpected detour on Friday morning when a bus transporting inmates sustained a tire blowout.

According to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, 70 Tennessee Department of Corrections inmates were transported from the Bradley County Jail to separate state prisons on Friday morning. TDOC took the inmates into their custody, with the first transport incorporating 58 male inmates, while the second transport incorporated 12 female inmates.

“At approximately 6:03 a.m., the bus that was being utilized to transport the male inmates experienced a tire that completely blew out at the 12 mile-marker of I-75 southbound,” a BCSO news release state.

“The Bradley County 911 Communications Center was immediately notified, which resulted in the response of several Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office personnel. Upon another bus arriving to the scene, law enforcement personnel from both agencies safely transferred the inmates and continued the commute to the state prison at approximately 7:22 a.m.”

There were no injuries to inmates or law enforcement personnel during the bus incident, the BCSO news release stated.

“Both transports have safely arrived to their destinations and will start the transfer of inmates into the custody of the Tennessee Department of Corrections,” the news release stated.

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson said Sheriff Jim Hammond and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office “should be commended for their quick response to assist our agency during the bus incident.”

Watson said the HCSO’s presence was an additional layer of security to ensure the safety of the public and the male inmates.

“I also want to praise the Tennessee Department of Corrections for allowing our agency to transfer 70 inmates into their custody,” Watson said. “This is a progressive step to address the overcrowding issue stated in last week’s jail inspection by the Tennessee Department of Corrections.”

An inspection of the Bradley County Jail on Feb. 22 found deficiencies which are a direct result of overcrowding.

In a Cleveland Daily Banner article, Watson said the main reason for the overcrowding is the state's reluctance to move its inmates being held here in a timely fashion. He said 151 state inmates were housed at the jail.

The jail is slated to be re-inspected on April 5.

Watson said in the next few weeks, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will host its annual Open House for the fourth consecutive year that will include a detailed tour of the correctional facility.

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