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NSW escapee nabbed in Hunter Valley hotel

A man has been caught in a hotel two-and-half days after he bolted from a police station in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Police launched an extensive search using a helicopter and dogs to find the man, who slipped out of Singleton station at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Officers eventually caught up with him at a Muswellbrook hotel, about 45km away, at 6pm on Friday and arrested a 25-year-old woman with him at the time. She was later released without charge.

The 26-year-old has been charged over outstanding warrants and with escaping police custody, and refused bail to appear at Wyong Bail Court on Saturday.

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