- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) - A Brunswick County jailer has been fired as authorities continue to search for an escaped inmate.

Authorities tell local media outlets that Cpl. Ashley Harrell was fired Saturday, a day after being placed on administrative leave.

Harrell was on duty Thursday when 22-year-old inmate William Earl Hewett of Southport impersonated his incarcerated brother, who was being released on bail.

Hewett’s brother, 20-year-old Curtis Wayne Hewett, has been in jail since Wednesday on an assault charge and had $3,000 bail. He is now also charged with escape.

Authorities say the brothers must have hatched their plan while in custody together.

William Hewett had been jailed on charges including assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and communicating threats. Deputies advise people in the area to keep their cars and homes locked.

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