Somerset police have charged two men for allegedly helping a work-release jail inmate escape Thursday.
Pulaski County jail inmates Jason Cannon, 31, and Cortney Slusher, 33, were on work release Thursday at the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport.
Airport employee Clyde Derrell Collett, 39, of Somerset, was driving them back to the jail. He told police that he had car trouble and pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot to try to fix it. He and Slusher told police that Cannon then escaped.
However, after reviewing surveillance videos, "we found their story wasn't holding water," said Lt. Shannon Smith of the Somerset Police Department.
Det. Larry Patterson discovered that Collett drove Cannon to Danville yesterday to see his girlfriend, and Cannon then fled. He said Collett and Slusher came up with the story of breaking down at Wal-Mart to throw off police and help Cannon remain free.
On Friday, Patterson arrested Collett and Slusher on a charge of second-degree complicity to escape. Collett was being held in the Pulaski County jail. Slusher was being held there on a probation violation for previous drug charges.
Cannon remains at large. He is white, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He was last seen near Danville.
Police said anyone with information about Cannon's whereabouts should call 911 or the Somerset Police crime tip line at (606) 676-8477.