, Corbin, KY

January 3, 2014

Inmate escapes transport van in Barbourville, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

An inmate being held in Leslie County was in transport back to Knox County when he escaped Thursday in Barbourville.

James Eads, 28, of Gray, escaped the custody of the Leslie County Detention Center transport van, according to David Stewart with the Knox County Detention Center.

Eads was slated for both a pretrial conference as well as a probation revocation hearing today, Friday afternoon, in Knox County Circuit Court.

However, before the van pulled up to the courthouse, Eads allegedly had slipped out of the ankle bracelets. As he was being led out of the van — he reportedly “stepped to the left and was gone.”

He was never in the custody of Knox County at all Thursday.

Eads is a white man, 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Stewart said he was last seen wearing gray sweatpants and a gray T-shirt covering a long-sleeve white undershirt. He was also wearing a gray baseball hat.

He was wearing brown croc-style shoes, which were found shortly after Eads allegedly fled.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Eads, please contact authorities. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office number is (606) 546-3181 or 3182.

He faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and giving an officer a false name and address. He also is listed as having two additional bench warrants, for which he has no bond. The remaining charges had him jailed under a $25,000 cash bond.