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Woman tries to escape prison months before release


ONSLOW COUNTY, NC, (WWAY) -- Onslow County Sheriff Deputies arrested a woman who escaped from an Edgecombe County prison just months before her scheduled release.

Deputies say Misty Dawn Gardner escaped from the Fountain Correction Facility in Rocky Mount around 9 a.m. and was on the run for about seven hours. Investigators believe she may have scaled a fence.

Gardner was eventually arrested at her mother's home in Richlands. Her mother was not home at the time. There is no information indicating Gardner's mother had any involvement in Misty's escape.

Gardner is serving about two years in prison for driving while intoxicated. She was scheduled for release in December, officials said.

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