A local man has pled guilty to felony escape and introduction of drugs into a penal institution after leaving a court-ordered treatment center and having a Schedule III drug on his person when arrested and taken to Warren County jail.
Paul Edward Knight, 42, was given a 10-year sentence by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley with 330 of those days to be served in jail. He will spend the remaining time on probation.
A felony escape warrant was issued for Knight on April 28 due to Knight leaving the Tony Rice Treatment Center after being granted a furlough to the facility. On March 11, Knight was charged with evading arrest and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. As part of Knight’s sentence for those charges, he had to complete a rehabilitation program when furloughed to the treatment center.
According to the arrest warrant, on June 5 deputy Brystol Davis conducted a traffic stop on Sparta Highway after verifying Knight was in the vehicle. Davis knew Knight had an active felony escape warrant for leaving the rehabilitation center.
Once the stop was conducted, Knight was taken into custody, advised of his charges and told he was going to be transported to jail. Knight was also informed he would have a strip search conducted when arriving at the jail and was asked if he had anything illegal on his person. Knight denied having anything on him.
The arrest warrant states once Knight was transported to the jail, he was searched. During the search, 10 Belbuca packets, a controlled substance which is used to treat pain as well as addiction to narcotic pain relievers, were located on his person.