Escaped inmate captured within hours in North Carolina
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a minimum custody inmate was captured within hours after escaping in North Carolina.
A North Carolina Department of Public Safety release cited by news outlets says 35-year-old David W. Hinkle was last seen near Craggy Correctional Center around 7 p.m. Wednesday, and was reported missing three hours later. A second release says he was back in custody by 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
The department says Hinkle was admitted to the facility on Oct. 18 to serve a sentence for speeding and eluding arrest. He was scheduled for release in April, but now will be charged in connection with the escape.
It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer. The releases didn’t say how he escaped or where he was captured.