Video: Inmate escapes NC jail by impersonating brother

Video released shows an officer following inmate out of the jail building, prompting the inmate to start running

By Police1 Staff

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. — An inmate who pretended to be another inmate to escape from the Brusnwick County Jail was recaptured Tuesday morning after he was found hiding in a camper on his family’s property.

WECT reports that William Hewett was originally arrested for fleeing from law enforcement in a stolen vehicle. He was wanted on various assault charges, along with first-degree kidnapping and communicating threats.

Hewett posed as his brother, Curtis Hewett, and bonded out of jail. He then ran from the detention center into a wooded area in front of the courthouse. Video released shows an officer following Hewett out of the jail building, prompting Hewett to start running as others attempt to slow him.

A jailer who was on duty at the time of Hewett’s escape has been fired. Cpl. Ashley Nicole Harrell was responsible for processing inmates as they were released and had been working with the detention center for nearly a year.

Further disciplinary action is expected but Sheriff John Ingram doesn’t anticipate further terminations.

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