Inmate Dies at Claiborne Jail

(Claiborne Progress)-One of the suspects in a high-speed chase on Feb. 14 has died as a result of a stroke while incarcerated, according to Claiborne sheriff Bob Brooks. Jeffery Drinnon Jr., 38, of Mooresburg was one of two suspects arrested on multiple charges stemming from an early morning pursuit by Claiborne Sheriff’s officers that netted a load of contraband. Drinnon was found unresponsive in his jail cell on Feb. 16 and transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He died the following day.
Drinnon and his passenger Adam Rhea, 32, of Morristown, became involved in a high-speed pursuit when officers spotted the vehicle being driven in a suspicious manner along Back Valley Road in Speedwell.
Drinnon had been incarcerated on a $100,000 bond.

Updated: February 22, 2019 — 10:00 PM
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