Mother Nature made a citizen's arrest in Kentucky Monday when an escaped inmate turned himself in because it was too cold to be on the run.
Robert Vick, 42, returned to the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Fayette County after he voluntarily turned himself in after walking away from the minimum security facility on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
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Temperatures dipped to the single digits in the area over the weekend, giving Vick second thoughts about his new freedom, authorities said.
Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said that Vick entered the Sunset Motel and told the clerk he wanted to turn himself in because of the frigid weather.
"This was definitely of his own volition," Roberts told the AP. "It's cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in."
WKYT-TV reported that Vick was on the run
for about 20 hours before he went to the motel, not far from the Blackburn Correctional Complex. Vick was serving a six-year sentence for burglary and five years for criminal possession of a forged instrument.
The Lexington Fire Department checked Vick for hypothermia at the scene before shipping him back to prison. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb told the AP that Vick would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a jacket when he escaped.
The wind chill in the Lexington area reached 20 degrees below zero Monday.
The outdoors have been a hazardous place to be the past few days. Emergency personnel took two firefighters in Devils Lake, N.D. to the hospital for frostbite after they battled a grain elevator fire Sunday, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
Fire Chief Jim Moe said that firefighters were called to the grain elevator site after 8 p.m. Sunday. Wind chills dropped to 50 degrees below zero as they fought the blaze.
The record-breaking temperatures blanketed the Midwest since Sunday, part of a "polar vortex," which sent northern polar air into the United States.
Temperatures of 15 to 30 below can cause frostbite on exposed skin in minutes and hypothermia can quickly set in.
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