Curry County jail inmate mistakenly released

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An inmate at the Curry County jail was mistakenly released after a jail employee failed to check to see if he faced additional charges.

Undersheriff Wesley Waller says the sheriff's office was notified of the "inadvertent" release of 45-year-old Johnny Cordova on Monday afternoon. A search is under way for Cordova, who had been serving a six-month sentence for driving on a revoked license and other traffic offenses and was awaiting trial on at least his seventh DWI charge.

Jail administrator Keith Norwood says Cordova was released last Wednesday and he took the blame for not making sure the sheriff's office was notified immediately.

Norwood says the jailer involved has been fired. The facility has been plagued with similar mistaken releases in recent years.

Information from: Clovis News Journal