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Officer involved in Russellville wreck

RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy was involved in a car accident while trying to catch an inmate who fled from the courthouse steps on foot while in handcuffs.

The patrol car, driven by Officer Jake Tompkins, was struck on the passenger side as it crossed Washington Avenue at Limestone Street shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tompkins and the driver of the other vehicle wasn’t injured.

Sheriff Larry Plott said Tompkins had his flashing lights and siren on at the time. Micah Brown, 24, of Russellville fled shortly after a warrant was issued on a community corrections violation.

Plott said Brown ran a short distance and got inside a parked vehicle. But a witness alerted authorities to Brown’s whereabouts and he was jailed pending a bond hearing.

“He broke and ran and went about a block-and-a-half,” Plott told the TimesDaily. “There were a number of lights and sirens from officers responding to the call when the accident happened.”

Brown was charged with second-degree escape, theft of property, breaking and entering a vehicle, criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. He’s being held in the Franklin County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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