Inmate escapes from Newton County hospital; confirmed sighting

<div>Kendrick Hurst (Credit: Newton County Sheriffs Office)</div>
Kendrick Hurst (Credit: Newton County Sheriffs Office)

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - The search is on across Georgia agencies for an inmate who escaped from a Newton County hospital Saturday afternoon.

Kendrick Hurst, arrested last weekend and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer among other violations, allegedly escaped from Piedmont Newton wearing a lime green jumpsuit.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with the Covington Police Department, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol to try and catch him.

"Sheriff [Ezell] Brown wants to address the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Hurst's escape," a spokesperson for the office said in a statement. "Rest assured, there is an ongoing internal investigation to determine if there were any failures in following protocol. As always, should any wrongdoing be discovered, appropriate action will be taken."

On Sunday night, the Newton County Sheriff's Office posted to Facebook confirming that he was spotted in the area of City Pond Road in Covington. At the time, he was wearing what appeared to be a red durga, no shirt and dark blue jeans.

Hurst is 34-years-old, 5-feet-10-inches tall, about 190 pounds, and he has facial tattoos and a lip piercing.

Although deputies believe Hurst is not an imminent threat to the community, they have asked that you call 911 immediately if you see him or know where he could be. There is a $500 reward being offered for information leading to his arrest. The U.S. Marshals Service is also offering up to $3,000.