Authorities said a Donovan State Prison inmate who was taken to a Hillcrest hospital Friday escaped from his guards and fled into a nearby canyon, where he was captured about 45 minutes later.
Barrett Justice Fadden, 32, managed to slip out of his leg restraints while en route from the Otay Mesa-area penitentiary to UCSD Medical Center, said Lt. Michael Stout, a spokesman for the prison.
Upon arriving at the hospital around 8:45 a.m., Fadden pushed his way past the two correctional officers in charge of him and bolted, according to Stout.
The guards gave chase and, with help from San Diego police, had Fadden back in custody by 9:30 a.m., the lieutenant said.
Fadden, who is serving time for a 2002 carjacking conviction in Los Angeles County, will face new charges in connection with his escape.
The inmate is a three-time offender under California's "three strikes" law and ineligible for parole until 2040, Stout said.
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