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One escaped inmate found, another still on the loose

Stevie J. Hayes, left, and Chris Spencer
Stevie J. Hayes, left, and Chris Spencer Provided by Kentucky State Police

An inmate who escaped from a transport vehicle in Lee County on Wednesday is now back in custody, while another is still on the loose.

Chris Spencer, 42, of Beattyville and Stevie J. Hayes, 34, of Rogers were being taken back to jail following court hearings in Wolfe County on Wednesday when they escaped. Hayes was captured Wednesday night along Fairgrounds Ridge Road, not far from where he escaped. He was charged with second-degree escape and taken to the Three Forks Regional Jail, according to state police.

Police are still looking for Spencer, who was in court for a preliminary hearing on more than a dozen charges, including wanton endangerment, fleeing police and possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon, according to court records. He is described by state police as a slender, 6-foot-3 man with brown hair who was last seen wearing a hooded flannel shirt and jeans in the area of Rader Ridge Road.

Hayes was in court for a revocation hearing on two drug charges, according to court records. He is described by state police as being a thin 6-foot-5 man with brown hair and was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit near Fairground Ridge Road.

Anyone with information related to Spencer’s whereabouts is asked to call state police at 859-623-2404.

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