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Escaped Hardin County inmate back behind bars after being arrested in stolen truck

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HARDIN COUNTY, Ky (WDRB) -- An escaped inmate is now back behind bars following a traffic stop in Hardin County.

Joseph Auberry, 22, escaped his jail pod at the minimum security Hardin County Detention Center by cutting a hole in the ceiling.

Auberry was arrested Monday after being pulled over by Radcliff Police during a traffic stop. They say the truck he was driving was stolen.

Hardin County Jailer Danny Allen says Auberry escaped Nov. 12 by using his belt buckle to cut a hole in the sheet rock above the sink in the low security pod Auberry was housed.

Officials believe he climbed through the rafters in the attic and stomped out a section of the ceiling by the overhang to drop to the ground in an area outside without fencing and razor wire.

Auberry has worked in the past as a roofer, so it’s believed he knew his way around an attic area. Allen says an officer miscounted the night before while doing a headcount.

“When we got ready to send workers over to the kitchen crew, another inmate slipped us a note saying ‘you all have got an inmate missing,’” said Hardin, adding the entire escape took “less than 10 minutes.”

The center houses inmates who are on community service programs and housed in an area similar to a college dorm, complete with bunks and recreational rooms allowing inmates to be free to walk around to other pods.

Now, the jail will be adding more fencing and razor wire around the areas of the building Auberry escaped from.

The installation of the fencing could cost up to $20,000 and is expected to be installed in the next 30 days.

“I guess it just overwhelmed ‘hey I can’t take this anymore,’ but now he will have additional time, probably a minimum of five years will be added to the remaining part of his sentence,” Allen said. 

Two other inmates have escaped from the center in the past.

The officer who made the initial headcount mistake has been disciplined but remains on the job. 

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