Originally created 07/21/02

Deputies capture man after escape



EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Authorities captured an Edgefield County escapee Saturday night, about seven hours after he fled an afternoon recreational period.

Sheriff Adell Dobey said Eric Young, 20, of Batesburg, was caught at about 10:30 p.m. on Old Stage Road, about four miles from the jail, after a resident spotted him and phoned police.

"He didn't fight. He was kind of exhausted," Sheriff Dobey said.

Mr. Young had escaped earlier this week, fleeing custody for about two hours Thursday after being taken to the jail by the Johnston Police Department on charges of drug possession and auto larceny, the sheriff said.

At about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, a jailer was bringing inmates inside from the recreation yard when someone saw Mr. Young on the roof.

The sheriff said Mr. Young apparently had climbed to the roof of the one-story brick facility by using a television cable. Once on the roof, he ran across to a radio tower and climbed down, Sheriff Dobey said.

He said he plans to conduct an internal investigation to make sure security measures were followed correctly.

Sheriff Dobey called in bloodhounds from the Aiken Department of Public Safety and State Law Enforcement Division helicopter to aid in the search.

Officers from Edgefield and Johnston, sheriff's deputies, Highway Patrol and Department of Natural Resources officers helped search the town on foot and by patrol car.

Dispatchers said they had received several phone calls from Edgefield residents who were alarmed when they saw the police search.

Reach Carly Phillips at (803) 648-1395 or carly.phillips@augustachronicle.com.