WILKES COUNTY-Authorities are searching for an inmate who they say walked away from a highway work crew in Wilkes County.
According to a press release issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, authorities are searching for Jason Strickland, who they say escaped this morning by leaving a Department of Transportation highway work crew working on Old Salisbury Road in Wilkes County.
“He is believed to have been picked up by a female driving a dark colored GMC Jimmy SUV, when then headed south on (NC-115),” according to the release. “Strickland is from Burke County and was serving a prison sentence for larceny and breaking and entering and was due for release in October. He is a minimum-custody inmate assigned to Wilkes Correctional Facility.”
Anyone who has seen Strickland or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call local law enforcement or Wilkes Correctional Center at 336-667-4533.