Inmate who escaped from Davidson County jail turns himself in

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – An inmate who escaped from jail in Davidson County turned himself in to authorities on Friday.

Benjamin Lee Small, 23, of Thomasville, escaped from the Davidson County Detention Center at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

The sheriff's office said he turned himself in to deputies at Bill’s Truck Stop at 1210 Snider Kines Road in Linwood shortly before 5 p.m. after hours of negotiations through his attorney.

Small was then arrested on warrants for first-degree kidnapping, common law robbery, assaulting and inflicting physical injury on a detention officer and escaping from a local jail.

The suspect is accused of assaulting a female detention officer and taking her keys and other items. Deputies said she was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Small was originally in jail on charges including felony breaking and entering.

He was placed back in the Davidson County Detention Center under a $5 million secured bond and has court planned for next month.