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Escaped convict turned himself in because it was 'too cold'

Robert Vick thought better of his decision to escape prison in Kentucky.

Robert Vick, who escaped from prison then returned because it was too cold outside.
Robert Vick, who escaped from prison then returned because it was too cold outside.
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AN INMATE WHO escaped from a prison in Kentucky has turned himself in to authorities because the weather outside was too cold.

Robert Vick, 42, broke out of a minimum security prison in Lexington on Sunday.

The next day, he walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police, saying he wanted to escape the weather.

“This was definitely of his own volition,” police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said, adding:

It’s cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in.

A ‘polar vortex’ of cold Arctic air has settled over large parts of the US, leading to freezing temperatures.

Vick would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a jacket when he escaped, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said. Wind chill readings were minus-28° Celsius in Lexington on Monday.

The Lexington Fire Department treated Vick for hypothermia Monday evening, Roberts said. He was serving a six-year sentence for burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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