Police continue search for escapee
CRIS RITCHIE - Editor
HAZARD Authorities in Perry County are continuing the search for a prisoner who escaped from jail custody earlier this week.
The prisoner, identified as 24-year-old Johnny Everage, allegedly escaped just past 1 p.m. on Monday.
Police immediately launched a search for Everage, canvassing the immediate vicinity and in the Gorman Hollow area, but were unable to locate him before calling the search off later that day.
Everage was due in Perry District Court on Monday for arraignment on burglary related charges before he allegedly made his escape. Though Everage was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit at the time of the escape, reports noted that he had shed the jumpsuit.
Everage apparently made his escape as he was being unloaded from a Kentucky River Regional Jail van in the sally port of the new Perry County courthouse. Joe Engle, deputy chief with the Hazard Police Department, said Everage apparently slipped his handcuffs and exited the sally port before the door completely closed behind the van.
Before the deputy jailers could reopen the door, Everage had already made his way to the nearby river, Engle said.
Engle said someone saw Everage near the river, and police also received a call that Everage had shed his jumpsuit and was seen running near the Bluegrass Exit.
In addition to the burglary related charges, Everage can expect to face an additional felony escape charge once apprehended.
Though as of press time police were unsure of his whereabouts, Engle said Everage is from the Scuddy area, and he may return there.
They usually head back to the area theyve come from, he said.
Police are asking anyone who may have information on Everages where abouts to contact the Hazard Police Department at 436-2222 or the Perry County Sheriffs Office at 439-4523.
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