Smith County TX Inmate Whose Escape From Van Went Viral Found Guilty
An inmate accused of escaping a transport van in January, whose wild chase was caught on video and made global headlines, was found guilty and sentenced in a Smith County court on Wednesday (Aug. 9).
You remember a few months back the captivating and daring daytime escape of a Smith County Inmate running from a transport van in Tyler. If you don't remember, allow us to refresh your memory.
April 4th, 2023 Will Be A Day That Will Live In Infamy.
The craziness started when an inmate was being transported from the north jail to the downtown central jail facility in Tyler. When the transport van stopped a red light on Gentry Parkway and Parkdale, the inmate kicked the passenger side window out and broke the barricade.
Video, captured by customers of Rockstar Nail Salon, showed the inmate taking off after jumping out of the window, running BARE foot, and jumping a fence, all while still handcuffed. After jumping that fence, he eventually broke into two homes in a nearby neighborhood.
The Inmate's Run For Freedom Was Captured On Video By Several Residents, He Even Asks For Help....
Just like the man tried to tell him in the TikTok video above, "THEY GONE GET YOU MAN" and police eventually did catch up to him in the 1600 block of Wisteria Drive after breaking into an occupied home where thankfully no one was injured.
41 Year Old Timothy Chappelle Was The Runner.
According to KETK, Chappelle was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of escaping while arrested. In addition to his escape charge, he was facing two felony charges of burglary of a habitation which records show are still on the table.