Arctic blast chases escaped inmate back behind bars

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Robert Vick’s mugshot from the Kentucky Department of Corrections

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past week, you know of the dangerous cold that swept through the nation’s heartland and up the east coast. Apparently that cliché can be extended to living behind bars, too.

Robert Vick was incarcerated for second-degree burglary and possession of a forged instrument in July of 2013, and began serving a six-year sentence. According to online corrections records, Vick is first eligible for parole this March, but was apparently tired of waiting and escaped from custody on Sunday night from Blackburn Correctional Complex.

But for what he had gained in freedom, he lacked in warmth, and the chill was too bone-rattling for Vick to bear. According to WKYT, Vick went to the nearby Sunset Motel only 20 hours later on Monday and told the clerk to call the police so he could turn himself in.

The reported windchill was 20 degrees below zero and paramedics treated Vick for hypothermia before he was taken back to the Blackburn Correctional Complex. WKYT reports that more charges are expected to be filed against him.

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