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Escaped Ky. inmate is frosted: Jailbird turns himself, says was 'too cold'

Kentucky Department of Corrections
Kentucky Department of Corrections
Robert Vick, looking decidedly red from the bitter cold, escaped Sunday but turned himself in Monday because of the freezing temps.

You know that it’s just way too cold out when fugitives, who have just escaped from prison, decide that their newfound freedom and life on the run isn’t worth losing digits to frostbite.

MSN News on Tuesday carried a story from The Associated Press on Robert Vick, a 42-year-old convict who escaped from a minimum security prison in Lexington, Ky. on Sunday. As temps dropped into the single digits overnight, Vick decided that a warm cell and three square meals were better than braving the arctic air.

Vick walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police. He was picked up, checked out by paramedics and returned to Blackburn Correctional Complex in Fayette County.

Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said that Vick entered the Sunset Motel after being on the lam for about 20 hours. Wind chill pushed the temps into the negative 20s.

"This was definitely of his own volition," Roberts said. "It's cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in."

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said that unless Vick stole other clothing or met up with someone, he would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a light jacket. When Vick was found, he had no other clothing.

Vick was serving a six-year sentence for burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Perhaps Vick can trade places with this man:

Douglas Higbee: Homeless man arrested for stealing electricity to keep warm

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