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Middlesboro man escapes custody during a domestic incident

From The Bell County Sheriff's Department -

Chris Smith - 2018 previous arrest

(Ferndale, Ky.) The Bell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic incident in the Ferndale community early Friday morning July 5, 2019. The suspect, 18 year old Chris Smith of Middlesboro was taken into custody, handcuffed, and place in the back of a cruiser.

While the victim was being interviewed, Smith was able to escape the cruiser and he fled the scene still cuffed.

A short time later the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department picked up Smith still wearing the handcuffs. Due to the initial charge in Bell County being a misdemeanor, extradition is not being sought and he was released. However, additional charges are being filed on Smith by Bell County Chief Deputy Doug Jordan.

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