A Montgomery County corrections officer was suspended after he allegedly ignored protocol, which allowed a prisoner to leave a hospital.
The unidentified prison inmate had been hospitalized at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton since Saturday.
On Monday he asked to take a shower before being released from the hospital, according to officials. The corrections officer allegedly ignored protocol which allowed the inmate to run from the hospital down the road.
The inmate, who was barefoot and wearing his prison jumpsuit, was found by a Lower Providence Police officer about a half hour later at the Wawa on Whitehall Road.
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The inmate was taken into custody and the corrections officer was suspended.
Officials continue to investigate the incident.