Escaped North Carolina inmate caught in West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — An escaped inmate from North Carolina has been caught in West Virginia.

News outlets report that 34-year-old Jason Strickland was found Wednesday when he checked into a homeless shelter in Beckley, West Virginia. He was arrested by the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.

North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesman Keith Acree says Strickland tried to register at the shelter under his own name.

Strickland left a Department of Transportation highway crew working in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on July 27. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says he was picked up by a female driving an SUV.

Strickland is still in West Virginia and preparations are being made for his extradition to North Carolina.

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