An inmate escaped from the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, but he was back in custody within hours, Kentucky State Police said.
Freddy Lee Marlowe's brief taste of freedom earned him a charge of second-degree escape, according to state police at Frankfort.
Troopers said Marlowe, 30, of Louisville escaped from the minimum-security Blackburn prison about 10 p.m. Thursday.
Just after midnight Friday, however, troopers received a tip that someone matching Marlowe's description had been seen in Georgetown.
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Officers soon found Marlowe at a pay phone inside a Wal-Mart on Osborne Way in Georgetown. He was arrested was being held in the Scott County jail.
Police said Marlowe had been in prison five years, serving a 13-year sentence on charges including trafficking in a controlled substance, burglary and criminal mischief.