BECKLEY, West Virginia -A Burke County inmate that walked away from a highway work crew in Wilkes County nearly a month ago has been taken into custody.
Authorities in West Virginia said Wednesday evening Jason Strickland had been taken into law enforcement custody in West Virginia, according to a press release issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
“Strickland was located today when he checked into in a homeless shelter in Beckley, West Virginia and arrested there by the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department,” according to the release.
Strickland escaped by leaving a highway work crew in Wilkes County on July 27. That day he was picked up by a female driving an SUV. Several days later he was spotted at a shop in Galax, VA, but there had been no leads since then.
Preparations are being made for Strickland’s extradition to North Carolina, according to the release.