Inmate Escapes West Texas Jail

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West Texas authorities searched overnight in subfreezing temperatures for an Idaho man who escaped from a privately operated prison in Spur.

A dispatcher with the Dickens County Sheriff's Office says Scott Noble Payne escaped from the Dickens County Correctional Center at about 7:30 pm Sunday night.

State and local authorities from surrounding counties joined the search for Payne using helicopters, dogs and road blocks.

The Idaho Department of Corrections says jail staff members believe the 43-year-old scaled the facility's fence. Authorities believe he did not have extra clothing.

Temperatures in the region had dropped to the mid-20s degrees by 11:30 pm.

Payne was serving time for Idaho charges of aggravated battery and lewd and lascivious conduct.

The prison is located about 60 miles east of Lubbock. It's operated by The Geo Group of Florida.