Inmate captured after escaping Alexander County jail

Inmate steals truck, escapes from Alexander County Jail

ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An inmate was caught after escaping from the Alexander County Jail Thursday night, officials say.

According to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old Jason Mullen was working as a trustee and helping with food being delivered from the detention center when he went out to empty trash and took off running.

Mullen went to the Catawba Valley Community College campus across the street, stole a vehicle and drove off, officials say.

Officers say Mullen pulled the truck into a muddy field but got stuck and jumped out in an attempt to run from officers.

He was found around 4:30 a.m. inside an abandoned mobile home off Highway 90 East near the solar panel farm in Hiddenite.

Mullen was initially in the Alexander County jail on charges from Iredell County of larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon. Officials believe he may have escaped in an attempt to avoid his upcoming court date.

Mullen was taken to the Alexander County Detention Center. He faces charges of escape from a detention facility and felony larceny of a vehicle. He is currently being held under a $100,000 secured bond. He has more charges pending.

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