Wayne County authorities arrest an escaped inmate as well as his wife.
Joseph D. Perkins of Pikeville, an inmate at the Wayne County Detention Center, reportedly walked away from a work detail Thursday morning in the Dudley area. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports Perkins was picked up by his wife, Layla M. Perkins, also of Pikeville. Their vehicle was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy and a struggle ensued as that deputy attempted to take Joseph into custody. The escaped inmate then fled on foot and was eventually apprehended by sheriff’s department officers in a wooded area. Three area schools had to be placed on lockdown while authorities searched for Joseph Perkins. He’s facing new charges including assault of a law enforcement officer and felony escape from a local confinement facility. Layla Perkins is facing charges including aiding and abetting in a felony escape from a local confinement facility.