An inmate in an Indiana jail tried to climb through the ceiling of his prison to escape — but ended up falling into the prison's booking area.
A not-so-great escape
Some prison breaks are clever enough to be made into movies. This was not one of those times.
At 10:15 p.m. Monday, officers were escorting 28-year-old Blaze William Ayers from the prison's recreation area back to his cell. During that trip, Ayers managed to break free and run into a nearby medical room. He locked the door behind him and climbed into the ceiling before officers could break into the room.
But the ceiling was not made to hold the weight of a fully grown man.
According to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department:
Jail Officers attempted to get Ayers to come down but he refused to comply. Ayers continued to crawl through the ceiling in an attempt to escape, causing damage to the ceiling in multiple areas of the booking area.
Eventually, the ceiling gave way, and Ayers dropped back to the floor surrounded by police in the booking area.
Predictably, Ayers was immediately apprehended.
Not only did Ayers not earn his freedom, he added some additional criminal charges to the ones he already had. According to the Sheriff's department these additional charges include:
1.) Attempted Escape Level 5 Felony
2.) Criminal Mischief Class A Misdemeanor
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
He also sustained minor injuries during his escape attempt and subsequent fall, and was treated by the Jackson County Emergency Medical Services. He also caused "extensive damage" to the ceiling, the cost of which the jail has not yet estimated.
Ayers had initially been arrested for a failure to appear warrant following a battery charge.