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Three inmates who escaped briefly are back in custody due to quick response by area law enforcement and the public in Meade County.
Sheriff Mark Miller said the inmates overpowered a guard, who had been cleaning a cell at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. The guard was beaten, stomped and kicked. Miller said the inmates took the jailer's keys.
The guard was flown to a Wichita hospital, where he's expected to recover from his injuries. One of the inmates who stole a pickup truck was later caught near Bucklin, while two other escapees were caught north of Meade.
One escapee led officers on a brief chase. Miller said the incident will be reviewed by Ford County detectives.
"The inmates did not have a chance to become armed and dangerous. I was only concerned about the safety of the public and getting the inmates back in custody," Miller said.