CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV ) - An escaped inmate has been recaptured just hours after he was "inadvertently allowed to leave with another inmate" from the Wilkes County Jail.
Jeffery Lee Owenby, 44, was awaiting processing at the jail when he was able to leave the facility with another inmate Sunday night around 7 p.m.
Owenby was initially arrested on three counts of felony probation violations, a felony county of obtaining property and two misdemeanor counts of larceny.
According to investigators, notices of the escape were put out to the surrounding area and Owenby was located in Lenoir. He was recaptured early Monday morning and was driving a 1995 Chevrolet truck believed to have been stolen from Wilkesboro.
Owenby has been charged with escape and is currently in the Caldwell County Jail awaiting charges from Caldwell County. He will then be returedn to the Wilkes County Jail.