AN INMATE who escaped from a local prison is set to spend an extra few years behind bars after the failed jailbreak.
Billal Houda was captured just a few hours after he broke out of the correctional centre on the edge of Glen Innes, but not before a crime spree through town.
The 29-year-old appeared in Parramatta Local Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to inmate escape from lawful custody. He also admitted to charges of taking and driving a stolen car; police pursuit under Skye's Law; break-and-enter; and trespassing.
Magistrate Kevin Hockey sentenced him to an aggregate term of imprisonment of 42 months with a minimum of 31 months behind bars before he's eligible for parole in March 2023.
Bouda escaped the minimum security prison on June 17, sometime after the morning headcount.
Police were alerted about 12pm on the day in question after a man was spotted wearing prison greens in bushland off the New England Highway, north of Glen Innes.
New England officers were deployed to search the area and about 1.30pm a highway patrol officer noticed a white Toyota Landcruiser on the highway, about 5km out of town. The car had been reported stolen from a nearby property.
Officers attempted to intercept and stop the Landcruiser, but when it failed to pullover, they initiated a pursuit.
The chase continued through Glen Innes before Houda turned the Landcruiser on police and collided with the back of the police car. The chase was called off for safety reasons.
The Landcruiser was then found on West Avenue in town where Houda had broken into a home and stolen goods including clothing and money
Houda was spotted about 2pm jumping the fence at the local pool and was captured in a toilet block in Wilson Park, after trying to evade officers by barricading himself in.
He was arrested and charged and has been in custody since.