Freeze! Escaped convict surrenders in the cold
Sub-zero temperatures in Kentucky have forced an escaped prisoner to give up his short-lived life on the run.
Robert Vick, who fled from a minimum security facility in Lexington on Sunday, surrendered to authorities on Monday after temperatures in the region plunged in the freezing weather sweeping across the States.
Vick walked into a motel and told the clerk he wanted to turn himself in and escape the Arctic air, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
Wind chill readings in Lexington were -29C (-20F) on Monday.
"This was definitely of his own volition," Ms Roberts said. "It's cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in."
Vick would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a jacket when he escaped, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said.
Paramedics treated Vick for hypothermia and he was returned to Blackburn Correctional Complex.
Vick is serving a six-year sentence for burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Record low temperatures have been registered in several parts of the US as a polar vortex pushed an Arctic blast across the country.
More than 187 million Americans have been affected, with officials warning people that their skin could freeze within minutes if they go outside.
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