Police were called to Cramlington Hospital in Northumberland at 6pm on Friday, April 22 following reports that a prisoner from HMP Northumberland who had attended the hospital had escaped.
The prisoner, a 36-year-old man who had received treatment and was with prison staff, was leaving the hospital when he ran off. He subsequently escaped on a motorbike which he had stolen.
Officers attended and carried out a search and located the motorbike and the escaped prisoner at an address in Wallsend at 8pm the same evening.
One man aged 36, has been arrested on suspicion of escaping from lawful custody, two others a man aged 27 and a woman aged 25, have both been arrested on suspicion of assisting an escapee.
Enquiries are continuing into the incident.