Smith County inmate faces $1.38 million bail after escape attempt

A man who was jailed the day after Christmas on a lesser charge now faces additional charges and a substantial bail after officials said he escaped custody on Tuesday.

Timothy Chappelle, 41, of Killeen, was moved from North Jail to Central Jail in downtown Tyler when he escaped from a transport van as it stopped at a red light on Gentry Parkway, according to Smith County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Larry Christian. Christian told our media partners on CBS19 that the prisoner kicked the passenger side window and broke the barricade.

Video filmed by witnesses shows Chappelle, handcuffed, running barefoot in an orange jumpsuit. He jumped a fence and broke into two houses in a nearby area before being arrested.

According to online prison records, Chappelle was incarcerated in the Smith County Jail on December 26 for criminal mischief ranging from $2,500 to $30,000, charged in October in Lindale. That bail was set at $50,000, but Chappelle now has an additional $1.3 million added to the total bail.

His bonds now total $1.38 million, including two new counts of burglary and one felony charge for escaping custody while under arrest or incarceration, according to prison records.

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