Escaped inmate found hiding in recycling bin after police chase

ATLANTA (WFLA) — A 22-year-old man is back behind bars after escaping from an Alabama jail, stealing a car, and leading police on a chase through Atlanta last week.

On Monday, the Atlanta Police Department released body camera footage showing how they found Tyree Chapman, 22, hiding out inside a recycling bin following a police chase.

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According to the police department, at about 3:37 p.m. on Jan. 17, officers were dispatched after a stolen Infiniti Q50 was spotted in the area of 371 Boulevard NE. With the help of the Georgia State Patrol, the department’s aviation unit spotted the stolen vehicle in a gas station parking lot and saw Chapman get in the vehicle.

As Chapman began to drive away, responding officers tried to initiate a traffic stop; however, the 22-year-old sped off.

While leading police on a chase, APD’s chopper tracked the vehicle to a nearby convenience store, where Chapman ditched the stolen vehicle and took off on foot.

Chapman was seen running through a residential area, where he tried to hide from officers inside a recycling bin. Body camera footage shows the suspect popping out of the recycling bin as officers were approaching.

After being placed in custody, the K-9 unit and officers recovered a handgun that Chapman had tried to hide inside another recycling bin.

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According to APD, Chapman later admitted to officers that he had scaped from the Bessemer City Jail in Alabama.

Chapman was charged with driving while having a suspended or revoked license, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and theft by receiving stolen property.

The 22-year-old was taken to the Fulton County Jail for processing, where he will then be extradited to Bessemer City Jail.

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