A man on the run for 40 years turned himself in to police so he could get healthcare.
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says 66-year-old Clarence David Moore was arrested Monday. He says Moore was taken to a hospital to be evaluated before being taken to the county jail.
According to media reports, Moore escaped in the 1970s from North Carolina, where he was in custody for a larceny conviction.
He reportedly turned himself in because he doesn’t have social security or insurance for medical care.
“It’s a cost-effect deal for corrections,” said Melton. “Is it worth that person coming now after all these years with the medical expenses that he has?”
Melton says Moore was emotional when authorities took him into custody.
The sheriff says Moore is facing a contempt of court charge in Franklin County for failure to appear.
He says Moore was cited years ago for not having a driver’s license when he was involved in a traffic accident.