Sheriff says inmate who escaped from Smith County transport van on Tuesday faces additional charges

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – An inmate is in custody after he allegedly escaped from a transport van in Tyler.

According to Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith, the jailer was transporting an inmate named Timothy Chappelle from a low-risk facility (North Jail) to the main facility downtown.

The transport van was stopped at a red light on Gentry when the prisoner broke the window, jumped out and ran away.

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Smith said Chapelle broke into two houses on Wisteria Drive. At least one house was occupied.

Smith said that Chapelle was initially only charged with a felony. He will also now be charged with running away and two counts of burglary.

According to Smith, the van’s poor finishes are blamed for the escape.

A prisoner is in custody after allegedly escaping from a transport van in Tyler.

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