BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. -- An escapee is back behind bars after more than 36 hours on the loose in Bryan County. Officials say Andrew McCartney just walked out the unlocked front door, and a jailer is to blame.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, McCartney's mother called investigators early Saturday morning to arrange a meeting between officals and her son. McCartney was back in custody around 6:15.
McCartney was the first inmate to escape the Bryan County Jail in at least six months, but Sheriff Bill Sturch says this is one too many, and he's cracking down..
In this bizarre case the man out is an escaped inmate and the man in is the jailer who aided his escape.
On Thursday night around 9:25, Thomas Charles Williams III was working at the Bryan County Auxiliary Jail when Andrew McCartney, 22, escaped.
Escaping a jail is something you would think of as a challenge, but for McCartney it was as simple as walking through three doorways.
In fact, McCartney just walked out the unlocked front door.
Sheriff Strurch says this is unacceptable, and now that the jail is back in his hands he says he's ‘cracking down.’
Right now the jailer, who was hired on the August 13, is behind bars charged with delivering contraband into penal institution (a felony) as well as aiding-allowing an escape.
Sheriff Sturch later said the 'contraband' was alcohol.