Escaped Prisoner Turns Self In to Escape Cold

Apparently prison uniform no good in -20 degrees

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 7, 2014 1:38 PM CST

(Newser) – This is how cold it is: An escaped prisoner in Kentucky decided to turn himself in to stay warm. Authorities say 42-year-old Robert Vick escaped from a minimum security facility in Lexington on Sunday. As temperatures dropped into the low single digits yesterday, officials say the man walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police because he wanted to go back to prison and escape the arctic air.

A police spokesperson says Vick was checked out by paramedics and returned to Blackburn Correctional Complex. A Department of Corrections spokesperson says Vick would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt, and a jacket when he escaped; wind chill readings were 20 below zero yesterday in Lexington. (Elsewhere, a Chicago zoo had to move its penguins and polar bears inside.)

In this undated photo provided by Kentucky Department of Corrections, Robert Vick is shown.
In this undated photo provided by Kentucky Department of Corrections, Robert Vick is shown.   (Uncredited)
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