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Escaped prisoner being held in solitary confiement in Hampton Co.

FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Allendale County deputies say escaped prisoner Perry Sullivan was arrested following a short car chase Saturday morning.

Sullivan is in solitary confinement at the Hampton County detention center and is awaiting warrants from Allendale County.

His court appearance dates have not been set.

Shortly after 11 p.m Friday, News 12 was told investigators and dog teams were tracking a man who ran into the woods near the intersection of S.C. 641 and U.S. 321 in Sycamore, S.C.

A checkpoint was set up in the area and drivers were being stopped as they came into town. Authorities noticed what's being described as a semi-tractor truck pull off to the side of road, a man got out and ran into the woods. A check was ran on the semi-truck and they found that it was stolen from a peanut farm nearby.

All day Friday crews were searching through a plot of woods in Fairfax County. The perimeter of the search started at the cemetery near Boundary Street and went back 2 miles to the Georgia-Pacific plant.

Residents in the area were on lockdown all day.

Sullivan was first spotted Friday morning when he attempted to hijack a car in Allendale County. A Bamberg County woman was driving through on her way to work when she was approached by a man.

"I stopped to turn onto (Highway) 321. I looked to the right, and then when I looked to the left, there was the man standing there with a gun," said Gloria Duncan.

Lt. Steven Robinson of the Allendale County Sheriff's Office said the woman was coming from Jenny Road. She sped off and called 911. The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. about 2 miles north of Fairfax.

Duncan said she's positive the man was Perry Sullivan.

But she wasn't the only one who ran into Sullivan on Friday. Investigators said he tried to hijack the vehicle of another person, too.

"Obviously, he's trying to get a vehicle to get out of the area, so he will attempt to carjack anyone, and we just ask that they keep their doors locked and don't stop," Robinson said.

Duncan said he was in red shirt and blue jeans.

Investigators said Sullivan broke into a home Thursday night to use the restroom and get a change of clothes.

Robinson said about 150 people worked the man hunt. There were three tracking teams.

Officers from Aiken County, Allendale County, SLED, Jasper County, Hampton County, Fairfax PD, Allendale PD, Estill PD, DNR, Highway Patrol and Colleton County were working to find Sullivan.

The Hampton County dog team was brought in and they were tracking him in a wooded area south of Fairfax off of Hwy 321.

Robinson said the heat and humidity have made the search difficult, especially for the tracking dogs. The terrain also worked against them.

"They are dense woods, and like I said -- the heat. And there are gnats, and mosquitoes, and the bugs, and the snakes, and everything else," Robinson said.

It all started Thursday morning when a Stephens County, Ga., deputy was transporting Sullivan, the prisoner, from Colleton County, S.C., back to Stephens County. They pulled over in Allendale, when the inmate claimed he was feeling ill. That's when Sullivan broke from the handcuffs and beat the deputy.

Sullivan is a white man, 5'10", 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He has a tattoo of a coffin with wings on his neck as well as a skull on his right and left arms.

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