TEA, S.D. — Sheriff's officials say they're searching a man who assaulted a Turner County deputy and stole the deputy’s patrol vehicle while he was being transported to the Minnehaha County Jail.

The assault happened Tuesday afternoon near the Tea exit on Interstate 29. The deputy was taken to Sanford Health with minor injuries, according to authorities.

The man dumped the patrol SUV and stole a pickup truck near Worthing, then abandoned that vehicle near Steen, Minnesota and took a silver Chrysler minivan, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say a second inmate being transported is cooperating.

The man who escaped was arrested and charged earlier this month for his role in a “multi-county crime spree” after he led authorities on a pursuit in Lincoln County.