An manhunt ensued after a prisoner escaped from guards at an Inverclyde hospital earlier this month.
The 32-year-old man absconded amid a visit to Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock at around 1.50pm on September 11.
The alarm was raised and a search was launched, which ended a few hours later.
He was traced two miles away at around 4.05pm, in the town’s Eldon Street.
A Scottish Prison Service spokesperson said: “I can confirm an individual escaped while on hospital escort.
“Police Scotland were notified and the individual was returned to custody within a few hours.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1.50pm on Sunday, September 11, officers were called to a report of a 32-year-old man having escaped from prison officers in Greenock.
“He was traced around 4.05pm in Eldon Street and returned to custody.
“The man has been report to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the incident.”
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been contacted for comment.