State Police said an inmate escaped Friday afternoon in Jackson County after pretending to be ill.
Investigators said Steven Sparks, 28, was arrested in Manchester in Clay County on a bench warrant in Jackson County for receiving stolen property.
Investigators said while Sparks was being transported in a cruiser, he said he was feeling sick and asked officers to pull over.
Investigators said Sparks got away near Tyner on Oak Grove Road.
State Police said Sparks was wearing jeans, a red shirt and was still in handcuffs.
Troopers and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office are searching for Sparks.