Inmate flees workplace with van, cash
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JOHNSON CITY - A Washington County Detention Center inmate failed to report back to jail Monday after a court-ordered work release, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said. Brian Jefferson Hulse, 27, of Telford, was released to work at Arby's in Jonesborough. But Hulse, who was serving an 11-year sentence for aggravated robbery and forgery, fled from the restaurant Monday in a relative's vehicle after taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, Graybeal said. Hulse now faces an additional charge of escape. "At this time there is nothing that indicates that Hulse would pose any immediate threat to the community," Graybeal said. "Usually when an individual is placed on court-ordered work release, the court does not deem that person a threat to society." The vehicle allegedly taken by Hulse is a 1992 Plymouth Voyager van, maroon in color, with Tennessee registration 970-NRW. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hulse is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 461-1414.