STANFORD - An inmate fresh from a circuit court appearance led Lincoln sheriff's deputies on a short chase Friday afternoon past Main Street, through a thicket and into a vacant lot near Anderson Heights, all while barefoot, sporting jail stripes and in handcuffs.
Joseph Wilson, 34, of 885 Goshen Road, had appeared in court that morning for a pre-trial conference on Lincoln County charges of receiving stolen property valued over $300. Wilson is being housed in the Boyle County Detention Center on multiple theft and burglary charges. He and his wife, Rebecca Wilson, were allegedly videotaped breaking into a Mercer County home at Christmas time. He faces similar charges in at least five counties.
At approximately 1 p.m., Friday he was seen on Main Street, fleeing from several members of various law enforcement agencies, running from the Courthouse toward the Courthouse Annex and Coleman's Drug Store.
"I was crossing Main Street, and I glanced to the right to check traffic, and saw a man in a black and white striped outfit running between Coleman's and the circuit clerk's building, looking back over his shoulder toward the jail," said eyewitness Jennifer Brummett of Moreland. Brummett said she believed Wilson to have been handcuffed because of the awkward nature of his run, with his wrists held closely together in front.