Wife Helps Inmate Escape

Authorities said an inmate was able to briefly escape from custody on Thursday with the assistance of his wife.

Around 9:00am, an inmate from the Wayne County Detention Center was working a trash cleanup detail at the intersection of Highway 13 and Woodland Church Road.

Detention officers said the inmate, Joseph Doyle Perkins, 20, of Pikeville was picked up by his wife, Layla Perkins, who then fled in a gold Ford Focus.

A short time later a deputy spotted the vehicle at Durham Lake Road and Oberry Road in Dudley. During a traffic stop a struggle ensued and the inmate ran across a field and disappeared in a wooded area.

Deputies and North Carolina Highway Patrol cordoned off the area and were eventually able to locate and recapture Perkins. During the search for the inmate three area schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Joseph Perkins was originally being held in jail on probation violation and failure to appear on obtaining property by false pretense charges. He was also serving a 60 day sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon.  He was charged with felony escape, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting and delaying.

His wife, Layla Perkins, was charged aiding and abetting felony escape, providing tobacco products to an inmate, driving on a revoked license and having an expired registration.