Police: Inmate tries to escape jail through ceiling, causes damage

A 28-year-old inmate at the Jackson County Jail may have himself earned some more jail time after he was caught attempting to leave through the ceiling Monday night, police report.

Blaze Ayers of Brownstown faces a Level 5 felony charge of attempted escape and a Class A misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief following the incident, according to a news release from Lt. Adam Nicholson with the sheriff’s department.

The incident began around 10:15 p.m. when Ayers ran from jail officers who were taking him into his holding area near the book-in station at the jail in Brownstown, Nicholson said.

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Ayers then locked himself in a medical room, and when police entered the locked room through an adjacent room they found Ayers crawling through the ceiling.

Jail officers tried to get Ayers to come down from the ceiling, but he refused and continued to crawl before falling through the ceiling to the floor of the book-in area.

Ayers still did not comply with orders from jail officers and had to be subdued by a Taser, police said.

No cost estimate for damage was available.

Ayers, who was treated for minor injuries by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel, was being held on failure to appear charges.

County Officer J.L. McElfresh is investigating the incident, Lt. Adam Nicholson said.

McElfresh was assisted by jail officers, Brownstown Officer Blake McCrary and county officer Mitch Ray.

A Level 5 felony carries a sentence between one and six years if convicted.