An inmate who escaped from Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington on April 26 was arrested early Tuesday after a pursuit in Laurel County. State police said they received an anonymous tip at about 4:30 a.m. that Charles Blanton, 45, was at Wal-Mart in Corbin and was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala.
As they arrived, troopers saw Blanton in the car and tried to stop him, but he refused to stop, according to a news release. After a 7-mile chase, Blanton lost control of the vehicle on Robinson Creek Road. The car hit two police cars and veered into a ditch.
Blanton got out and started to run, but police caught him. He is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, third-degree assault, driving under the influence, first-degree criminal mischief and several traffic charges.
Blanton was wanted on a warrant for first-degree escape. He was serving a 16-year sentence out of Laurel County for convictions including manufacturing methamphetamine, and he would have been eligible for parole in December, officials said.