NORTH WILKESBORO -- An inmate’s prison escape didn’t last long Wednesday night.
North Carolina prison officials say Joey Carrico, 35, was captured shortly before 5:30 a.m. Thursday, a little more than nine hours after he escaped from the Wilkes Correctional Center. Carrico, 35, was serving a two-year term for DWI and was due for release next February.
Pamela Walker, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety, said prison guards were helped by the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and North Wilkesboro Police, calling in the canine search unit. Walker says Carrico was captured about 5:20 a.m. Thursday and taken into custody without incident.
He will face additional escape charges and has been taken to a jail in Caldwell County.
This isn’t the first time Carrico has escaped from a prison unit. North Carolina prison records show Carrico, who also has convictions on a number of other offenses, broke out of a jail in November 2008.