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Jail fight viewed as escape ploy

Staff Report • Oct 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ERWIN — A man accused of swerving toward Erwin’s police chief and a sergeant in 2008 has been transferred to the Washington County Detention Center in Jonesborough after starting a fight with another inmate in the Unicoi County Jail Tuesday night, Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris said Wednesday.

Harris said he thinks the incident was part of a plot by Ricky McCurry, 47, formerly of 114 Morris Road, to escape from the jail.

He said the early evening incident began only a few minutes after Josh Whitson was brought into the Unicoi County Jail on drug, failure to appear and child support charges and put in the maximum security area, where McCurry and others were housed. McCurry accused Whitson of having a fling with McCurry’s girlfriend.

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