Escaped inmate turns himself in

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LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man who escaped from a county jail and assaulted a detention officer has turned himself in.

Local media outlets report Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said Benjamin Small, who escaped last Saturday from the county jail, turned himself in to authorities Friday. The sheriff's office said Small is jailed on a $5 million bond. His attorney couldn't be reached for comment on Saturday.

The sheriff's office said Small hid in a lockdown cell on June 17 and used a showerhead in a sock to attack officer Roxanne Powell, who was hospitalized for black eyes, swelling and possible facial fractures.

Authorities say Small fled through a kitchen and slipped through a fence in an alley.

Small was awaiting trial on drug charges and other offenses when he escaped.

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The Davidson County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that 23-year-old Benjamin Lee Small of Thomasville attacked the female guard, ran from the Lexington jail and got away despite a foot chase by fellow detention officers.

Authorities say the jailer suffered serious injuries late Saturday that are not life-threatening.

Small was being held ahead of a court appearance next month for charges including felony breaking and entering. State prison records show Small has been sentenced to probation on previous convictions including for larceny.

Small is white, stands 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and fair skin with tattoos on his left and right arms.