NBC News - Mississippi inmate who walked away from a work crew Monday afternoon is now back in custody.
While officers searched for inmate Micah Phillips on Highway 11, Phillips father pulled up next to Sheriff Alex Hodge with his son in the passenger seat of his truck.
Phillips told officials he had stopped and decided to call his father so he could take him back to the sheriff's department. Two hours after the search began, Phillips was in handcuffs.
Sheriff Alex Hodge says they are now looking to charge Phillips with escape. He thanks all law enforcement and emergency management officials from surrounding areas for assisting in the search.
Phillip's had been planting squash when he ran. He was arrested before that during a traffic stop for possession of alcohol in a dry county, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance.
The classic "steal a candy bar from the store, go back and apologize to the owner" fatherly lesson, except you're escaping from prison and your dad is making you go back to tack on extra charges to your rap sheet. We've all been there.
Two other quick things that caught my eye in this story:
1) Inmates apparently grow our food. Unless the prison system is a self-sufficient entity that plants and grows it's own vegetable for inmate consumption, this story has just answered the question I've had for years: are there really still enough farmers to cultivate all of the vegetables that we consume as a human society? No, apparently we just make dirty prisoners farmers and let them be the first to handle our food. Awesome.
2) Does this guy have the worst life ever? Arrested for having booze and weed in a dry county, which apparently is a jailable offense in that terrible place, a dad who's handing out life lessons with the worst possible timing, and now he's gotta be a farmer for like another 5 years cus he tried to run away. Hard Knock Life indeed.