Authorities Say They Foiled Escape Attempt At Kentucky Jail

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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Authorities say they stopped a planned jail escape in eastern Kentucky.

The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center said in a statement to news outlets that correction officers at the jail in Paintsville found a hole chiseled in a shower room wall during a routine security check on Monday. Jail Administrator Pete Grigsby said the inmates didn’t get close to escaping since the jail has another double wall with 12-inch blocks on the other side.

Officials said the inmates used pieces of metal taken from a shelf in a cell to chip away at the wall.

Paintsville Police Officer Zach Mitchell says nine inmates are being charged with escape.