Deputies Capture Escaped Greenwood Inmate Following Chase, Crash

An inmate who escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon was captured in Laurens County Wednesday morning following a brief chase and crash, according to the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office.

Nathaniel Tyler Wideman, 22, was caught in Laurens County at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to deputies.

Deputies say they received an anonymous call alerting them that Wideman was in Laurens County and described the car he was believed to be driving.

Laurens County deputies spotted Wideman in an older model blue Ford Taurus Wednesday morning. When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, they say the car sped away in an attempt to flee before crashing the car. 

Wideman, who was arrested and taken to Greenville Health Systems to be examined following the crash, will be returned to the Greenwood County Detention Center when he is released from the hospital, according to Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly

Dexter Chambers of Greenwood, a passenger in the car is in the custody of the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, says Kelly. Kelly says his relationship to Wideman is being investigated. Deputies are also investigating how Wideman came into possession of the car, which is registered in Florence County, says Kelly.

Wideman is believed to have escaped at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to Kelly.  Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly. Wideman was most recently arrested for possession of a stolen firearm and third-degree assault and battery, according to Kelly in a Tuesday afternoon briefing.

Wideman is believed to have escaped at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. He had last been seen on the roof of the detention center in an orange prison uniform, according to Kelly. Kelly says the orange uniform on the roof caught the eye of a county employee, who alerted a court officer. Authorities say they later found Wideman's orange top discarded in a drain.

While Kelly says Wideman's escape is still under investigation, it appears he scaled wall and climbed a fence to access the roof while out in the prison yard with six other inmates for recreation time. Kelly says deputies are in the process of reviewing and securing that area.

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