2nd Hancock Co. escapee captured, 2 still on the run

SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Authorities now believe half of the men who escaped from Hawkins Co. Jail have been rounded up now that officials say they have captured Buster Lee Carpenter in Morristown.

Carpenter was reportedly captured after a brief chase that started in Bean Station Thursday morning. Authorities there notified Morristown police they had spotted a truck they believed was connected to Carpenter and began pursuing him.

The chase headed toward Morristown where Carpenter finally stopped at a dead end on Taft St. He then got out of the truck and tried running away, but was captured and returned to Bean Station where he faces charges as well.

Shortly before midnight Wednesday night, investigators found Travis Livesay at a home on Clinch Valley Rd., near the Hawkins/ Hancock Co. line.

Three more inmates remain on the run. The Hawkins Co. Sheriff's Office identified them as: (Photos in Gallery)

  • Buster Lee Carpenter, 22 year old, w/m, 5’10”, black hair, brown eyes.
    Tattoo of cross on chest and name on right arm.

  • Stephen A. Crowder, 31 year old, w/m, 5’5” , black balding hair, blue eyes.
    Multiple tattoos on neck

  • Christopher A. Seal, 25 year old, w/m, 5’11”, 155, brown hair, green eyes
    Tattoo of Creeper on left shoulder


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  • by J.P Location: Bean Station,TN on Nov 4, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Christopher Seal is my brother-in-law. He isn't a dangerous person. He just doesn't like being in jail. He will do the right thing and he is smart, he knows what to do. He is struggling with alot right now. I love you man. Do the right thing . Your brother-in-law J.P. Henry.

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