Released Inmate Gets Lost In New Jail, Calls 911 To Get Out

A woman who just got out of jail in Onslow County found herself right back there when she got lost in the new one being built beside it.

A report from the Onslow County Sheriffs Office says Michelle Sanchez was released from the jail early Thursday morning- she was supposed to meet her ride at the magistrates office-- but she went to the new one, not the old one that's still being used.

The county says a contractor was there working late the night before and left a door open. Sanchez went in the door and deputies say she wandered through the building so much that she got lost. She eventually found a phone and called 911. Moments later deputies found her using the camera system in the building.

The county says they've reminded contractors to keep doors locked when they are not in use.

The county manager says this incident was just a fluke with Sanchez getting lost and a contractor there working late at night.


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  • by new pokey Location: J'ville on Oct 19, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    Onslow County needed a bigger jail. It's almost in service now. It will be an asset to the county for many decades into the future. Quit complaining and keep yer pants on.
  • by WTH Location: Jacksonville NC on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    LOL...Here's your sign ! Maybe she was just getting acclimated to her future living arrangents
  • by 40some on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Oh,it's news in onslow county alright. The new jail here is a political and financial fiasco.
    • reply
      by backwards county resident on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:53 PM in reply to 40some
      The Sherriff's Department hiring and recruiting practices are the real fiasco. How they come up with so many poorly qualified recruits, I'll never figure out. Must be the good old boy system at work.
  • by SoManyMike on Oct 19, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    Not only is this not news, but it's like you are making fun of this woman for getting confused.
    • reply
      by voter on Oct 19, 2011 at 06:07 PM in reply to SoManyMike
      yup,,sort of like when the vice president opens his mouth.
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