Inmate escapes from Union Co. Courthouse

UPDATE: Union County Sheriff’s Office officials said the 2000 Dodge Dakota extended cab truck, believed to have been stolen by escaped inmate Brent Tyson Austin, has been located.

According to the sheriff’s office, the truck was found on the corner of Jonesville-Lockhart Highway near Pineland Road.

A K-9 team is also reportedly tracking in the area.


UNION COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Union County Sheriff David Taylor said an inmate has escaped from custody.

Brent Tyson Austin, 41, an inmate of the S.C. Department of Corrections, escaped around noon Friday.

Austin was at the Union County Courthouse at the time of the escape. It’s believed he stole a 2000 Dodge Dakota extended cab truck after his escape, according to a news release.

The truck has a South Carolina license plate number of GWT 404 and the word “Intimidator” in red letters across the front windshield.

Anyone who sees Austin or the truck is asked to immediately call 911.

Austin is serving a 14-month sentence for a drug conviction, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections.