Corrections officials Thursday were searching for a maximum-security inmate from a San Diego prison who escaped while being transported back to the prison following a court proceeding in Tennessee.
Joshua Lee Drinnon, 35, was being driven back to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility by Inmate Services Corporation Wednesday evening when he escaped at a rest stop on Interstate 80 about five miles outside Princeton, Illinois, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Drinnon managed to get out of his restraints, run past the transporting officers and scale a fence before running into a cornfield, according to the news release.
About 100 officers, including search dogs and air support were searching for Drinnon, who was described as a white man about 6 feet tall and weighing nearly 240 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair, according to the news release.
Drinnon was serving a 17-year sentence for robbery — his second strike — and was scheduled to be released in 2025. Following his release, Drinnon was to be transported to Tennessee to serve a six-year sentence for aggravated robbery.
Anyone seeing Drinnon or having any information of his whereabouts was asked to contact law enforcement or call 911.