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Escaped inmate found, set free pending court appearances

December 18, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The Imperial County jail inmate who walked out of Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley on Saturday was taken back into custody Monday only to be released on his own recognizance pending court appearances.

Carlos Arreguin, 52, of El Centro was arrested by Imperial County Sheriff's Office deputies during the afternoon and was taken to court, where the decision was made to release him pending his court appearances.

Sheriff's Lt. Bill Willard said investigators will seek an escape charge against Arreguin. The District Attorney's Office will make the decision whether to file such a charge.

Arreguin was in jail on charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and a weapons offense.

In Monday's edition it was incorrectly reported — based on information from the Sheriff's Office — that Arreguin had been convicted of the charges and was serving time for the convictions.


However, authorities said today he has only been charged with the three counts and was in custody while he awaited his court appearances.

At some point before 10:35 a.m. Saturday Arreguin — who had been taken to Pioneers from the jail for treatment — walked out of the hospital.

Because he was in custody on misdemeanor charges, officials said he was not under watch by authorities when he left the hospital.

There was no information on why he left the hospital or where he was arrested.

Information was unavailable on why he was released on his own recognizance.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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