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Prisoner Briefly Escapes From Wake County Jail, Back In Custody

Posted January 18, 2003 12:41 p.m. EST

— A prisoner being delivered to the Wake County jail Saturday morning briefly escaped, running around downtown without handcuffs on until police caught up to him about 15 minutes later.

According to reports, Raleigh police brought a suspect to the jail on domestic violence charges. For some reason, a back entrance to the jail did not lock, and the suspect was able to walk out onto the street.

The prisoner entrance at the jail apparently is set up so patrol cars can be driven into the building through a door in the back. The drive-up door is controlled by a magnetic lock and operated by an officer inside. When the lock did not engage, the suspect Saturday was able to get out.