A MAN who escaped custody from a minimum-security correctional facility in the Hunter region was apprehended by police in Orange on Thursday morning.
The 41-year-old allegedly escaped the facility in Muswellbrook at about 6am on Wednesday.
Following a wide-scale search, about 7am on Thursday Central West Police District officers attended a car park in Byng Street, and arrested the fugitive without incident.
It is unknown how the man covered the more than 300 kilometres that separates the two locations in a single day.
He was taken to Orange police station and charged with escaping from lawful custody.
The man was refused bail and will appear in Orange Local Court on Thursday.
Anyone with information about crimes in and around Orange should contact Orange police on 6363 6399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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