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Qld cops probed after wrong woman freed

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Melissa Grant

Police are investigating officers who were left red-faced after mistakenly letting a female inmate walk free from the Cairns watch house.

The 18-year-old woman allegedly tricked the officers by posing as another inmate who was due for release and was allowed to leave the watch house on Monday.

She was arrested after police found her at a house in a nearby suburb on Wednesday night.

Police have launched an internal investigation to determine how the mistake happened.

The Ethical Standards Command was investigating officers involved in the incident, a police spokesman confirmed.

The woman is charged with one count of escaping lawful custody and is due to face the Cairns Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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