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INMATE ACCUSED OF BREAKING OWN ARM TO GET EARLY RELEASE

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Authorities say an inmate in the DeKalb County jail broke his own arm while incarcerated to get an early release. Officers say 37-year-old Joey Phillip Phelps is charged with filing a false report. Phelps was taken to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital with a broken arm. Phelps allegedly told a detective and a correctional officer at the hospital that while incarcerated, two other inmates held him down and broke his arm after threatening him. During the investigation, the detective reportedly learned that Phelps made up the story. When Phelps was questioned again, he admitted to the detective and a jail sergeant that he broke his own arm in the hopes that it would get him out of jail. Phelps was serving 100 days in jail for a child support violation.