Fentress County authorities search for 2 escaped inmates last seen near winery


FENTRESS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities are searching for two escaped inmates in Fentress County.

According to a Facebook post from the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office, both 22-year-old Casey Ridenour and 35-year-old Charles Kennedy, escaped Monday around 8 a.m. Authorities said the escapees then continued behind the building where they stole a correctional officers vehicle. Officers then began pursuing a red Dodge who was driving at speeds of around 130 mph on highway 127 bypass. The vehicle turned onto Delk Street and both escapees got out of the vehicle and left on foot. They were last seen near the Highland Manor Winery.

They were last seen wearing orange pants and white T-shirts. If anyone sees them, do not approach. Call 911 or the Fentress County Sheriffs Department at 931-879-8142.

Fentress County authorities are being helped by Cumberland County, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Roane County.

No other information was immediately released.

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