Police Searching for Inmates Who Escaped Jail Through Broken Toilet on Christmas Day

At least three of the inmates are still on the loose after their Christmas Day escape from jail via a broken toilet.

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Six inmates in Tennessee escaped from jail Christmas Day after removing a leaky toilet from the wall. At least three of the men are still at large, and WATE reports that a third inmate was arrested Monday afternoon.

According to ABC News, six inmates at Cocke County Jail Annex in Newport, Tennessee escaped at around 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day. They were able to escape after they removed a leaky toilet from the wall and "gained access to a hole which led outside of the facility," according to the Cocke County Sheriff's Office. Their statement explained why the toilet was able to be removed: "The bolts holding the unit rusted out and there was prior damage to the concrete due to plumbing repairs."

Photos from inside the cell where Cocke Co. inmates escaped. A steel plate will be installed over the hole. #WATE pic.twitter.com/Nv5BStMEwD

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As of Monday afternoon, three of the inmates have been arrested, according to WATE. The latest to be recaptured is Eric Click, who was arrested Monday afternoon during a traffic stop in Newport. Click was riding in the back of the car, and two other people involved have been arrested and will soon be charged.

Before that, John Mark Speir was captured at a house in Cosby, and two others were arrested for harboring him. Steven Lewis was arrested in Carson Springs after a foot chase.

Three other inmates are still at-large: 28-year-old John Thomas Shehee; 28-year-old Harce Wade Allen; and 54-year-old David Wayne Frazier, who is considered to be dangerous, according to the sheriff's office. 

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