The Good, The Bad and the Idiots what lost ‘em
JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | ABC News
Prisoner Joshua Silverman passed up a taste of freedom this week and called the police instead.
Silverman could have fled with two other inmates who stole the unattended transport van he was riding in, but he dialed 911 and alerted authorities about the escape.
“Uh, yes, ma'am, you're probably not going to believe this, but I'm a prisoner in a van, and I'm here with a couple of these other cats,” Silverman politely explained to the 911 operator Tuesday. “A couple of the guys that were in the van jacked the van … at the hospital.”
Guards from a private prison transport company had stopped in Weatherford, about an hour west of Oklahoma City, to deliver some ill inmates to a hospital. They left eight other prisoners, including Silverman, in the van unsupervised…
AP | NBC News
…Eleven out-of-state inmates were being transported Tuesday afternoon through Weatherford, Okla., about 50 miles west of Oklahoma City, when the van diverted to Weatherford Regional Hospital after one or two of them complained of feeling ill, police said.
Three of the inmates were taken into the hospital, where two of them were treated…That left eight inmates in the van unattended. And the keys were still in the ignition switch with the engine running because the driver wanted to leave the air conditioner on in 86-degree heat, police said.
Two of the men kicked through the security partition separating the passengers from the driver's seat, commandeered the van and drove off, police said.
Quoting a doctor at the hospital, The Weatherford Daily News reported that the driver, “in a heavy Southern accent, immediately came back into the ER and asked abruptly if anyone would have moved his van or if anyone knew what happened to it…”