URGENT: ‘Dangerous’ escaped inmate used metal rod to bust through TWO walls and escape Georgia county jail

Authorities in South Carolina and Georgia are searching for an inmate who they say escaped jail by smashing through two walls and squeezing through a fence.

Christopher Nicholas Carroll, of South Carolina, was jailed in the Lamar County Jail in Georgia on three counts of obstruction of an officer and one count of theft by receiving stolen property, the Daily News reports.

Carroll was scheduled to go to prison Thursday when he allegedly used a metal rod from a shower to break through two walls then squeeze through an opening in a storage room to get outside at around 1:30 a.m. early Wednesday morning. He then escaped through a hole in a chain fence.

Police say that after escaping, Carroll stole a county work van and drove it until he reached Allendale, South Carolina, about two hours from the facility.

Authorities found the van around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday.

South Carolina police believe Carroll may have been spotted fleeing from the woods into a swamp, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Lamar County Sheriff Brad White said that South Carolina authorities are “very familiar” with Carroll. They have set up a perimeter on U.S. 301 just outside of Ulmer, South Carolina.

Hampton County Sheriff Thomas Smalls said that though Carroll hasn’t been caught, police are getting close, KENS 5 reports.

“We’ve been running him all morning and now we’re very close.”

Carroll is a 5 foot 9, 165-pound white man who White described as being dangerous. The sheriff said he isk unsure if the escaped inmate is armed, but he said that Carroll was wearing an orange jumpsuit and no shoes when he escaped.

[Feature photo: Lamar County Sheriff’s Office]