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Manhunt continues for prisoner who escaped with deputy's car

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Friday, August 19, 2011

HAMPTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The search continues for an inmate who authorities say overpowered a sheriff's deputy before stealing his cruiser and gun.

Investigators say a deputy from Stephens County, Ga.,was moving 37-year-old Perry Alton Sullivan from Colleton County back to Stephens County. They pulled over in Allendale, when the inmate claimed he was feeling ill. The Allendale County Sheriff's Office says that is when Sullivan broke from the handcuffs and beat the deputy.

The deputy wasn't hurt and his car was discovered several hours later. Police say two guns were taken from the patrol car.

"Please do not approach the individual because he is considered armed and dangerous," warned Lieutenant Steven Robinson of the Allendale County Sheriff's Office.

The State Law Enforcement Division, National Guard helicopters and police dogs were all searching for Sullivan.

"We've had the National Guard helicopter up, which the sheriff was flying with them, and we have combed the entire area," said Lieutenant Robinson. "SLED helicopter is here now, and they are going to be flying some more, and we're doing everything we can to find this individual."

Sullivan was in jail on a burglary charge.

"We want him. We want to get him off the streets," said the lieutenant.

Allendale will likely charge Sullivan with grand theft, assaulting a police officer, and escape from police custody.

His destination is unclear at this point, but he may be headed to Bamberg County or Stephens County, Ga.

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.
The Colleton County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Allendale County Sheriff's Office and the State Law Enforcement Division with the search in case the suspect comes into its jurisdiction, Chief Deputy Ted Stanfield said.

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