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Sheriff says worn lock led to prisoner escape in Raleigh

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Logan Long and Damarcus Dixon

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said a worn lock is the reason two prisoners were able to escape from a transportation van in Raleigh Friday morning.

Deputies said the door lock bar on a cage inside the van had become worn after years of opening and closing. It prematurely released as detention officers were transporting the inmates, according to officials.

“Evidently after travel on the interstate and road vibration it caused the bar to vibrate into the unlock position. When that happened the prisoners were able to reach through a slim opening and release the back door on the van from inside,” said Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter.

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