A man who escaped from a prison van has been arrested while he watched a sports game.
David Lothien, 21, of Hastings, escaped from a prison van in Dannevirke, near Palmerston North, last week.
Police said officers found him at the Park Island Sports Ground watching a game on Saturday.
He tried to run away but was chased and arrested.
Lothien is due to appear in the Napier District Court today charged with escaping custody.