- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a prisoner who they say has escaped from the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s custody.

Franklin police and the highway patrol tell news outlets in tweets and statements that 31-year-old Joseph Perkins was being walked into the Williamson County jail early Friday when he assaulted a trooper outside and ran away. Perkins had slipped his handcuffs from behind his back to in front of him. The trooper was not injured.

Authorities say Perkins had an extradition warrant from Tuscaloosa County, Alabama for a probation violation and that the original charge was burglary. He is charged now with felony evading, three counts of felony reckless endangerment, theft over $10,000 and fugitive from justice. Additional charges are pending.

Authorities say Perkins’ shoes had been found in a nearby rock quarry.

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