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Bizarre Video Shows Indiana Inmate Crash Through Ceiling In Ill-Fated Escape Attempt

Blaze Ayers apparently thought he could make a run for it but Jackson County Jail officers - and gravity - had other ideas.

By Eric Shorey

Jail officers were ready with stun guns drawn when an Indiana inmate attempting to escape from the jail where he was confined fell through the ceiling.

Blaze Ayers, 28, tried and failed to flee his captors at the Jackson County Jail Monday in an incident that was captured by the jail's cameras. The episode occurred while Ayers was being taken back to his cell from an outdoor area, at which point he ran into a medical room and locked the door behind him. By the time jail officers gained access to the room, Ayers had slipped away through the ceiling. But his plan was ultimately foiled when the ceiling gave way, landing him in a booking area where he was apprehended after a struggle.

Ayers caused an unspecified amount of damage to the facility during his attempted decampment, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Photos released by Sheriff Rick Meyer show cracks in the building's structure caused by Ayers.

Ayers has since been treated for minor injuries. He now faces a series of charges pertaining to the failed getaway, including counts of attempted escape, a level 5 felony, and criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.

Ayers had been jailed on a failure to appear warrant pertaining to a battery charge.

An investigation into the incident has been launched and additional charges may be brought forth.

[Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Office]

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