Glen Innes prisoner recaptured

POLICE in the New England region have arrested and charged a man who escaped from a correctional centre at Glen Innes.

The 20-year-old inmate was discovered missing from the minimum security facility on the Gwydir Highway, Glen Innes, about 12.20pm yesterday (Tuesday 22 March).

Corrective Services personnel conducted a sweep of the centre but were unable to locate the man and police from New England Local Area Command were notified.

A thorough search of surrounding dense scrubland was carried out without success.

About 6.30pm, police were patrolling the New England Highway, south of Glen Innes, when they spotted the man walking beside the road.

Upon seeing police, the man ran down an embankment and into a paddock.

Police stopped their vehicle and chased the man on foot.

He was eventually taken into custody after a 2km foot pursuit and conveyed to Glen Innes Police Station, where he was charged with prisoner escape lawful custody and resist officer in execution of duty.

The man was refused bail to appear in Armidale Local Court today. 

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