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By: Charlotte Smith

This past weekend was perfect for working outside. One Bladen County inmate took the opportunity a little too far.

The Department of Corrections has a work program for inmates with minor crimes. Inmates are allowed to work out in the communities cleaning up debris, washing cars and other odd jobs as long as they are supervised by a county employee.

According to Chief Chris Hunt of the Bladenboro Police Department an inmate was working on Chestnut Street also known as Ballpark Road in Bladenboro when he tried to escape custody. Hunt reported the inmate went to a citizen’s house to use the phone. A citizen saw he was wearing inmate clothing and called 911.

That inmate walked off while working with the NCDOT. He was a flagger. It was reported he told his supervisor he needed to go to the bathroom and walked off.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections along with the Bladenboro Police Department all responded to the call. Trooper Sellers apprehended the inmate near Brown’s Feed Mill about two hours after he went missing according to officials