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Troopers capture mental institution escapee in Middle Tennessee

Staff Report • Jan 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM

FRANKLIN — Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers Friday captured a man who escaped from a South Carolina mental institution.

Jason Carter, 39, Columbia, S.C., escaped the institution about 10 a.m. on Thursday. In a Tennessee Department of Safety news release, authorities said Carter apparently stole a van from the Craft Farrow State Hospital in South Carolina and later purchased a Chevrolet Lumina.

The THP dispatched a “be on the lookout” for the vehicle about 6:30 Friday morning. South Carolina authorities pinged Carter's cell phone and advised that he might have been traveling west on Interstate 40 near exit 182.

Just before 7 a.m., a trooper spotted Carter's vehicle at the Fairview Inn located off of exit 182 from Interstate 40 westbound in Williamson County. The THP learned that Carter had checked in to the hotel about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Tennessee troopers on the scene contacted the members of the agency’s Special Operations Unit, who arrived and took Carter into custody without incident about 9:15 a.m. Carter was taken to the Williamson County Jail awaiting extradition from South Carolina.

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