Escaped jail inmate possibly spotted running toward S.C. swamp

Christopher Nicholas Carroll

Christopher Nicholas Carroll

UPDATE: Investigators believe an escaped inmate was spotted running from woods to a nearby swamp in South Carolina, an Augusta television station reported Wednesday afternoon.

Christopher Nicholas Carroll escaped from the Lamar County jail Tuesday and drove away in a county van, according to police. Investigators believe Carroll used a metal rod from the shower to knock out part of a wall, which he then shimmied through to reach outside the Lamar County jail, Channel 2 Action News reported. Once outside, Carroll escaped through a hole in a chain fence.

The van was found early Wednesday in Allendale County, S.C., according to police.

“The South Carolina State Patrol has set up a perimeter and are attempting to locate him,” Lamah Sheriff Brad White said.

Wednesday afternoon, deputies set up a perimeter on U.S. 301 just outside of Ulmer, S.C., according to WRDW Channel 12. Carroll reportedly fled into a swamp area after being sighted in the woods, the station reported.

Carroll was in the Lamar jail on three counts of obstruction of an officer and one count of theft by receiving stolen property, the sheriff’s office said.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound man is scheduled to go to prison on Thursday, Channel 2 reported.

Anyone with information about Carroll’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Lamar County is about 60 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

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