A Chattanooga inmate who tried to escape from the Hamilton County Jail by trading identities with another inmate is set to appear before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole on April 23.
Kenneth Chad Burnum, a 5'7" white male, tried to pass himself off as Glenn Taylor, a 5'10" African American male who happened to be up for release because he had made bond.
When 30-year-old Burnum went to the releasing officers while answering to Taylor's name, the officers noticed he looked nothing like the picture of Taylor on file.
Burnum signed the bond paperwork and continued to insist he was Taylor. However it did not take long for police to officially determine he was not Taylor.
Police asked Burnum why he did this, and Burnum told them he wanted to get out and that he was "being dumb."
Burnum was charged with criminal impersonation and attempted escape. He was placed in segregation from the rest of the population after the escape attempt.
In addition to his previous bond, a new bond was set at $10,000.