Inmate attempts escape, causes damage


A 28-year-old inmate at the Jackson County Jail may find himself spending more time there after police said he attempted to escape the jail through the ceiling Monday night.

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 the Jackson County 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, and locked himself in a medical room.

Officers then entered the locked room through an adjacent room and 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 booking area.

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

No cost estimate for damage was available.

Ayers was being held on failure to appear charges, according to jail records.

Ayers was treated by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel for minor injuries.

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