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Three escape Bedford County Jail

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The escapees pushed their way through this outside fence after leaving Bedford County Jail.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
Three inmates escaped from Bedford County Jail early today with the help of a fork.

During the mayhem, a police officer responding to help was injured when he lost control of his police car and struck Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The escapees were identified as:

*John Vincent Lovvorn, 20, of Martha Street, who was being held on charges of aggravated robbery, burglary, theft of property and vandalism.

*Allen Ray Harris, 34, of Murfreesboro, held on a charge of failure to appear;

*James Bradley Lynch, 22, of Kingdom Road, charged with initiation of a process resulting in meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession and violation of probation.

Lovvorn's case involved the robbery of $800 from a Bridlewood Drive resident in May.

The men made their escape at approximately 4:30 a.m.

"They were in the kitchen and stuck a fork in the back door," Sheriff Randall Boyce said. "The guard pulled it to and thought the door was locked.

"Then the escapees ran out the back door -- they're still inside a chain-link fence at that point -- and pushed out an area of the wire."

Search dogs were in use and deputies were checking several possible locations where the men may have fled.

Shelbyville police officer Todd Sanders was pinned in his patrol car after wrecking on South Cannon Boulevard while responding to the escape.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
A Shelbyville night shift police officer responding to the jail was injured after losing control of his cruiser on rain-slick Veterans Memorial Bridge on South Cannon Boulevard.

Officer Todd Sanders was pinned in his vehicle for several minutes, Maj. Jan Phillips said, and was taken to Heritage Medical Center.

His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

Sanders' Ford Crown Victoria was demolished on both ends after spinning and striking both sides of the bridge. Part of the front suspension including a wheel was torn off, with vehicle parts scattered on both sides of the bridge.

Heavy rain was falling at the time of the crash.

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