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West Virginia prisoner escapes during medical visit, caught hours later

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RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

A prisoner from Southern Regional Jail escaped custody but was caught just a few hours later.

According to the Beckley Police Department, Jeffrey Johnson was being treated at Raleigh General Hospital when he was able to escape. Officials say a correctional officer was with the prisoner at the time.

During these situations there is always a Correction Officer from the jail with the prisoner at all times. Sometime around 10 a.m. Johnson was able to escape custody. - Captain David Farley

Johnson was found at 1 p.m. in a "wooded area off New River Drive. in Beckley.

No one was hurt during the ordeal.

Farley says Johnson was jailed on multiple charges our of several different counties. 

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