WVC 17 - 5 - 5
§17-5-5. Escape of convict from state road force.
Any penitentiary convict who shall escape from the state
road force, or in going to or returning therefrom, shall be
guilty of a felony and on conviction in the county where the
escape was made, shall be sentenced by the court for a term of
not less than one nor more than two years in addition to the
unserved time of his original sentence; and he shall be returned
to the West Virginia penitentiary; and it is made the duty of all
arresting officers in the state to apprehend such escaped
prisoner and return him to the West Virginia penitentiary where
he will be available for court arraignment in the county where
the escape was made; and the costs shall be paid by the state
road commissioner, and the road commissioner may offer and pay
suitable rewards for his apprehension, and any guard may pursue
and arrest him in any county.