Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies along with the assistance of the Lebanon Police Department apprehended an inmate who forcibly exited the Wilson County Jail's Visitation area around 11 a.m. on June 9.
Deputies of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office began a foot pursuit followed by a lengthy vehicle pursuit. According to the Sheriff's Office, an inmate within the Wilson County Jail used force to get through a door around a deputy, where he continued to flee on foot through the parking lot of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.
The male inmate identified as Franklin Ronald Henderson ran on foot south from the Sheriff's Office to an awaiting vehicle across the street from the Sheriff's Office. Henderson entered the awaiting vehicle where the female occupant, Rose Mary Franklin, fled the parking lot.
According to witnesses, after entering the passenger side of the vehicle, Franklin operated the fleeing vehicle in the path of the pursuing deputies. The vehicle continued to flee travelling west on Baddour Parkway. The vehicle then travelled off of the roadway onto the railroad tracks where it continued west, where the fleeing vehicle came to a stop at Maple Hill Rd. on the railroad tracks.
After both occupants fled the vehicle, both occupants continued to flee on foot. After a short foot pursuit, both Henderson and Franklin were taken into custody without incident.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office took custody of the vehicle, which was utilized to aid in the facilitation of the escape, and is currently being processed for evidence in the ongoing investigation.
"The visitation area is currently under minor construction which could have been a contributing factor to the incident," Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "We are currently reviewing our visitation policies and procedures to determine if any of them need to be amended. I want to commend the WCSO Deputies and the Lebanon Police Department for their quick response in the apprehension of both suspects."
The incident continues to be investigated; however initial evidence indicates that this incident has been planned for some time.