People in the Huron area are being told to lock their doors while authorities search for an escaped prisoner.
The Beadle County Sheriff's Department says Charles Beeney escaped from the Huron jail early Tuesday and is armed with a makeshift weapon. He's considered dangerous. Huron schools are on lockdown status as a precaution.
The 45-year-old Beeney is originally from Lansing, Kan. He was arrested last December on an aggravated eluding charge after leading law officers from five counties and the South Dakota Highway Patrol on a chase through Jerauld County. The chase ended when he crashed the pickup truck he had stolen in North Dakota.
Beeney in 2006 was sentenced to five years in the North Dakota State Penitentiary for stealing a pickup and escaping from the Richland County Jail.