Woman ditches handcuffs, briefly escapes custody while going to jail, deputy says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One woman took a slight detour on her way to jail after briefly escaping from her handcuffs and chains on her way to Jail East, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Abbigail Allison, 24, was on her way from 201 Poplar to Jail East Wednesday afternoon when she made a daring escape from a jail transport vehicle, according to an affidavit from a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

As two corrections deputies took Allison to Jail East, she got free of her handcuffs and chain links and jumped out the back of the patrol vehicle at the Sycamore View exit on I-40, the deputies said.

The arrest affidavit did not say exactly how Allison managed to free herself of both her handcuffs and chain links.

Allison’s escape set off the alarms in the car and the deputies gave chase, telling Allison to stop running to no avail before a deputy was able to grab Allison by the hair and get her back in custody, according to the affidavit.

The deputy who re-arrested Allison said that Allison assaulted her during the incident, but neither the deputy nor Allison were injured.

Allison, who had previously been arrested for fentanyl and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell, now faces charges of assault and escape from felony incarceration.