High profile Lincoln Co. Jail escapees recaptured after pursuit

Kurt Wallace and James Flannel were captured an hour after escaping

Alex Degman
July 16, 2019 - 4:10 pm

Troy, MO Police Department


TROY, Mo. (KMOX) -- Two federal inmates are being treated for injuries after escaping from the Lincoln County Jail, carjacking a vehicle and leading police on a chase before crashing Monday night.

Troy police say Kurt Wallace, 26, and James Flannel, 38, escaped shortly after 8:00 Monday night using "a makeshift saw from broken parts of an electric hair clipper, which was used to weaken a metal restraining bar" according to a release.

They carjacked a 58-year-old man on Dunn Lane -- police started a pursuit when OnStar tracked the car to I-70 in St. Charles County. Wallace and Flannel reached speeds of 100 miles an hour before crashing and flipping on I-70 near Hanley.
The two were taken to a St. Louis hospital where they admitted to the escape and to the carjacking.

Wallace was originally jailed in connection with the shooting of De Smet football coach Jaz Granderson. Flannel was indicted in the deadly carjacking of a Laclede Cab Driver.

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