Alabama Inmate Asked to Play Fugitive. Succeeds.
AP - July 9, 2010 12:04 PM ET
CAPSHAW, Ala. (AP) - A Limestone Correction Facility inmate who disappeared while acting as a fugitive during a dog training session was the subject of a search after he failed to return.
Warden Dorothy Goode asked the inmate, 37-year-old David Hopkins (not pictured above), to immerse himself in the part of a fugitive for the canine unit on Thursday.
The warden says a "be on the lookout" warning was sent out after Hopkins, who is serving a life sentence for theft of property, didn't show up for head count. Other law enforcement agencies joined in the search.
Goode says Hopkins, a method actor, was found after about an hour. The warden says the inmate had gotten lost and was not trying to escape. Hopkins can now be seen in the prison's production of "Walking Tall," playing Sheriff Buford T. Pusser. The dogs who lost Hopkins declined to be interviewed.