NC female inmate escapes during hospital visit, steals pickup truck, sheriff says

Heather Burton in a photo from WNCT.

PLYMOUTH, N.C. (WNCT) – A county inmate escaped during a hospital visit on Wednesday as a detention officer stepped out of a room to avoid radiation from an X-ray given to the inmate, the sheriff says.

Washington County Sheriff Johnny Barnes told WNCT that 29-year-old Heather Burton was injured in the county jail after falling down a flight of steps.

Detention officers took Burton to Washington County Hospital. Sheriff Barnes says that doctors ordered her to get an X-ray. At that time, the detention officer left the room to avoid radiation.

There were two doors in the bathroom in the X-ray room. Sheriff Barnes said Burton used the second door to escape into a different room and then left and stole a black Chevy pickup truck.

She later made a call from Virginia to her boyfriend’s parents house, officials said.

Burton was being held pending a court appearance for a probation violation in Pitt County. Online records show her last conviction was for larceny.

Surrounding counties are assisting in the search for Burton.

Sheriff Barnes says she is from Elizabeth City and has family in Pasquotank County. She has acquaintances in Tyrrell County.

If you now anything, call the sheriff’s office at 252-793-2422.

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