Inmate steals government truck, gone 5 hours before jail staff notice

Brandon Correctional Centre Manitoba jail
A pair of employees spent the night at the Brandon Correctional Centre after a staff Christmas party ended in debauchery. Kurt Brownridge / Global News

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba prisoner escaped in a government truck early Tuesday – and staff didn’t notice he was missing until Saskatchewan RCMP called to say he’d been captured.

The 27-year-old man escaped from the Brandon Correctional Centre shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, stole a government pickup truck from the jail’s parking lot and drove it to Saskatchewan, Brandon police said in a news release.

Mounties in Oxbow, Sask., called the Brandon Correctional Centre at about 8 a.m. to let staff know they had an escaped prisoner in custody – at which point jail staff realized that one of their inmates was missing.

RCMP in Oxbow found the man following a complaint from a citizen, police said.

The man had significant injuries and was taken to a Regina hospital.

After an arrest warrant was issued and sent to Saskatchewan, the inmate was charged with escaping lawful custody and theft of a motor vehicle.

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Brandon Correctional Centre is a medium-security facility with cells for 157 male inmates and short-term holding for 10 young offenders and four females. Brandon is 200 kilometres west of Winnipeg.