Accused killer in custody in Tennessee after escaping mental health facility
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) â?? Jason Mark Carter, the man who escaped from a mental health facility in Columbia, was caught today in Williamson County, Tennessee.
Carter stole a van from the Craft Farrow State Hospital in Columbia, SC and purchased at Chevrolet Lumina.
Tennesee Highway Patrol dispatched a "be on the lookout" for the vehicle at 6:30am. SC authorities advised that Carter may be traveling on Interstate 40 after pinging his cellphone.
A trooper observed the vehicle at 7am headed westbound on Interstate 40 in Williamson County. Futher investigation revealed that the Carter checked in to a hotel this morning.
Tennesee state troopoers contacted the Special Operations Unit, who took Carter into custody at 9:15am.
Carter, who was committed after being found incompetent to stand trial in the 2006 murder of his mother and stepfather, escaped from DMH Northeast Campus in Columbia on Thursday, January 2, 2013.
Tracy LaPointe, spokesperson with the South Carolina of Mental Health (DMH), said a patient participating on the DMH Northeast Campus in a work program for people found not guilty by reason of insanity escaped from that campus on Thursday, January 3.
He was taken into custody by the Williamson County Tennessee Sherriff's Department.