Two prisoners who escaped from a minimum security correctional facility in the state’s Northern Tablelands yesterday have been located, NSW Police say.
The two men aged 49 and 32, were reported missing from the facility on the Gwydir Highway, near Glen Innes, about 4.30pm yesterday (Friday 26 October 2018).
About 10am today (Saturday 27 October 2018), officers attached to the New England Police District were involved in a short pursuit with a car on the New England Highway at Armidale.
The pursuit was terminated and the car was abandoned in Beardy Street. Police searched the area and located the two men in a nearby house. They were arrested without incident and taken to Armidale Police Station.
The 49-year-old man was charged with inmate escape lawful custody, take and drive conveyance, police pursuit – not stop, larceny, enter enclosed lands and drive unregistered and uninsured car.
The 32-year-old man was charged with inmate escape lawful custody, being carried in a conveyance and enter enclosed lands.
The men will appear in Armidale Local Court tomorrow (Sunday 28 October 2018).