Davidson County Man Mistakenly Released From Jail

10:39 PM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A Davidson County man is back in jail after being released by mistake Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

Roland Monroe Thompson was in the Davidson County Detention Center for possession of counterfeit instrument charges. Authorities say the detention officers meant to release another inmate with the same first initial and last name, but mistakenly got Thompson.

He was processed and released.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke with Davidson County Sheriff David Grice about the incident.

Grice says Thompson went along with the mistake, and even forged the signature of the man who was supposed to be released.

The officers realized the mistake almost immediately and went after Thompson. They chased him for three to four blocks to the city cemetery. But Grice says that's where they lost him.

Thompson turned himself in Saturday morning.

Grice says the officers responsible face disciplinary actions. He's reviewed the jail's procedure and does not think changes are necessary.

After turning himself in, Thompson was charged with escape from local jail and common law forgery.

He was originally in jail on charges including felony possession of counterfeit instruments. According the NC Department of Public Safety, Thompson was released from prison two years ago after serving a 12-year sentence for murder.

WFMY News 2

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