WEATHERFORD — Authorities captured eight prison inmates Tuesday who made off with their guards' van when they stopped at a hospital while driving the prisoners through the state.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Betsy Randolph said the guards stopped at the Weatherford hospital when an inmate in their van got sick. While they were in the hospital, the eight inmates still in the van managed to drive away.
Assistant Police Chief Louis Flowers said the inmates were left in a locked compartment inside the van as a guard began taking some of them to a restroom.
The van was recovered and six of the inmates were apprehended early in the afternoon. A shotgun in the van also was recovered.
Two more inmates were recaptured a few hours later, police said.
Lester Burns and Michael Coleman were taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m., Flowers said.
The two were arrested by Custer County deputies who were assisting in the search. There were no injuries, Flowers said.
The inmates were being transported by Prisoner Transportation Services of Nashville, Tenn. The company confirmed it was transporting the inmates, but declined further comment because an investigation was ongoing.
Contributing: The Associated Press