Missing S.C. inmate held in Georgia

Avery Clark

Authorities in Georgia have an inmate in custody who gave Dorchester County deputies the slip during a morning visit to Summerville Medical Center.

Avery Clark, 21, was being held late Tuesday in Pooler, Ga., according to Dorchester County sheriff's 1st Sgt. Mike Miller.

Clark was in custody for a parole violation stemming from a non-violent burglary when he left his assigned room around 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to a release.

Clark was admitted to the hospital around 10 p.m. Monday for fainting spells and back pain. Before being taken there, a Dorchester County jail nurse had recommended that he seek treatment.

Dorchester County detention staff was assigned to guard him during his hospital stay, the release stated. Early Tuesday, Clark asked to use the bathroom in his room. When a detention officer went to check on him, he had disappeared from the bathroom.

Clark left wearing black-and-white striped prisoner garb. The investigation is ongoing, and the detention officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome. No information was available on how Clark came to be in custody in Pooler, which is near Savannah, Miller said.