Police are currently searching for Christopher Nicholas Carroll after his daring escape from a Georgia jail. He is being described as dangerous.
According to the New York Daily News, Carroll escaped from a Lamar County jail shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Police say he broke through two walls while correctional officers thought he was taking a shower.
"The jail called me and told me he had escaped out through the shower and then busted a hole in the wall, the outside wall that went to a storage unit," said Sheriff Brad White. "He was small in statue [sic]. I don't think an average sized person could have got through the holes and maneuvered the way that he did."
Reports indicate that Carroll used a metal rod to break the wall, then squeezed through an opening in a small storage area. He then climbed through an opening in a perimeter fence. Carroll left the premises in a stolen county work van, later ditching the vehicle, which was found at around 7:50 AM in Allendale County, South Carolina.
"Christopher Nicolas Carroll stole a vehicle about 1:30 am this morning. The vehicle has was located at approximately 7:50 this morning in Allendale County, South Carolina. The Sheriff’s Office in Allendale are attempting to locate him at this time," reads an update from the Lamar County Georgia Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
Carroll remains at large and may or may not be armed. He is described as a white man, 5'9 and 165 pounds.
"We've been running him all morning and now we're very close," said Hampton County Sheriff Thomas Smalls, whose team is tracking Carroll with K9s.
"I don't know how to explain it ... he just got lucky," White added, noting that the prison will be reviewing their policies and infrastructure in the near future. White believes it's possible that Carroll had received help from other inmates.
Carroll had been imprisoned on charges of obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property. He had been arrested on October 30 after he was found driving a stolen vehicle, according to Kens5. He had fought against the officers and reportedly attempted to take one of their firearms during the skirmish. Carroll was sentenced to five years in prison.
[Photo: Lamar County Sheriff's Office]