Tags: escaped | inmate | too | cold | turns

Escaped Inmate Too Cold To Be on the Run, Turns Himself in

Image: Escaped Inmate Too Cold To Be on the Run, Turns Himself in

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 07:17 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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. 

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

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.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Story:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved