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

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. 

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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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