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Too cold: Polar vortex causes escaped inmate to turn himself back in to prison

It was cold enough for this prison escapee to turn himself back in to prison authorities.
It was cold enough for this prison escapee to turn himself back in to prison authorities.
Department of Corrections

The “polar vortex” of arctic air that gripped the U.S. this week with temps in 50 states in the freezing range and record lows recorded across the country being blamed for at least 21 deaths nationwide, is also responsible for one escaped convict from Ky. turning himself back into custody on Monday, Jan. 6, because it was just too cold on the outside.

Sherelle Roberts, a spokesperson for the police in Lexington, Ky., said that 42-year-old inmate Robert Vick, made a successful escape from his minimum security prison facility in Lexington on Sunday, Jan. 5, according to MSN.

But by the time Monday rolled around with the polar vortex causing temps in Lexington to drop into the single digit range, Mr. Robert Vick of Hartford had enough of life on the outside.

Vick went into a local motel and asked the motel clerk to contact the police because it was just too cold to roam free.

Lisa Lamb, a spokesperson for the Ky. Department of Corrections, said that Vick would have been wearing “prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a jacket” when he escaped from the Blackburn Correctional Complex.

On the day Vick turned himself back in to the authorities, the temperature in Lexington was 20 degrees below zero, with the wind chill factor.

The Lexington police had paramedics check out Mr. Vick before returning him to Blackburn Correctional.

The worst of the frigid arctic air from the polar vortex seems to have waned in America beginning today, according to NBC News, although temps throughout the nation still “remained between 10 and 20 degrees lower than normal.”

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