Man who escaped police custody in Sumner Co. cruiser still on the run

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SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – As of Friday, it’s been 28 days and counting since a violent offender stole a Sumner County Sheriff’s vehicle and lead multiple police agencies on a high-speed chase before finally escaping.  

That man, Dreon Letez Key, is still at large and the $2,500 reward for his re-arrest still unclaimed. 

Police from Sumner to Rutherford Counties call the man with the cross tattoo between his eyes, Dreon Key, a dangerous and wanted man. 

Earlier this year, Portland detective Jason Arnold, who worked a case involving key, said, “He’s a menace. Going all over the place and committing all these crimes.”  

On Apr. 27, after his arraignment on multiple violent felonies, a Sumner County deputy was returning the 21-year-old to the Bedford County Jail, where he also faces a slew of charges. 

Sumner officials won’t say exactly, but while the transport officer was out of the car, Key somehow got behind the wheels and took off.  

Rutherford and Bedford County squad cars were quickly behind the felon, who got on I-24 and punched it. He quickly topped speeds in the police car well above 100 mph.  

After several minutes, Key crossed into Davidson County and disappeared. 

The Sumner County transport car was located near Harding Pike.   

“There was damage to the inside of the car. Nothing extreme. They located his handcuffs and shackles in the car as well, said Sumner County Sheriff’s Office Detective Eddie Cripps.  

Portland law officers are very familiar with Dreon Key, who reportedly terrorized a family victimized by a kidnapping. 

A 911 call from earlier this year reflected the panic in the victim’s wife; “He robbed my husband and put him in the car and took off.”  

Police say Key reportedly kidnapped a man at gunpoint and later released the man on the side of the interstate without shoes or a cell phone.  

The victim’s wife can be heard on 911 saying “lock the door” as she calls for help, not clear if Key is still on the premises. 

She continued with dispatchers: “I was in the bedroom and I hear this guy screaming and hear my husband saying don’t shoot. I don’t want my husband to die. Oh my God.” 

According to law officers, Key was apprehended in Shelbyville after a high-speed chase with a child in his car.  

“He had a one-year-old in the car. He had drugs on him and snuck them into the jail after his arrest,” said Arnold.  

Detective Cripps says he is concerned about Key being free. 

“He is a very dangerous individual; we need him in custody.”  

Key stands five feet, eight inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has a cross tattoo between his eyes.  

If you see him, call local authorities. There is a $2,500 reward.  

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