New Mexico jail inmate recaptured after escaping from clinic

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Posted: May 13, 2016 4:08 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A jail inmate who escaped from a New Mexico medical clinic after being arrested in a carjacking and two police chases has been recaptured.

Authorities said 24-year-old Michael Derby was apprehended Friday on a street corner in Las Cruces, the city where he escaped. A passer-by called 911 to report seeing a man stumbling and falling down.

Police spokesman Dan Trujillo said responding officers recognized Derby and that he was taken to a hospital.

Derby's medical condition wasn't available and further information about why he was hospitalized likely won't be released due to medical privacy reasons, Trujillo said.

Derby escaped Wednesday night from a medical clinic where he was taken for an examination. He ran down a hallway and out the front door after the examination and then stole a pickup and drove off, police said.

Authorities said Derby was arrested Sunday in Las Cruces after fleeing a traffic stop in the city earlier that day, leading to a chase and then a carjacking in El Paso, Texas. That led to another chase back in New Mexico and to Derby's arrest.

Trujillo said he didn't know whether Derby has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.