Fugitive found hiding in 50cm drainage pipe

David Watson, 28, hid in a pipe for six days (Facebook/Howard County Police Department).
David Watson, 28, hid in a pipe for six days (Facebook/Howard County Police Department).

A fugitive on the run has been found hiding in a 50cm-wide drainage pipe close to the hospital he escaped from six days earlier.

David Watson, 28, was captured near the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Centre - Maryland's maximum-security psychiatric hospital - on Wednesday afternoon (local time).

He escaped after pushing a guard over as he was being brought in from a van.

Watson is serving a 100-year sentence for attempted murder.

Police had called off the search four days earlier, thinking he was no longer in the area, until a person reported seeing a man dressed in a hard hat and safety vest running into the woods nearby.

After finding footprints leading to a drainage tunnel, officers used night vision equipment to find the escapee.

The pipe where Watson was found (Facebook/Howard County Police Department).
The pipe where Watson was found (Facebook/Howard County Police Department).

Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner told The Washington Post Watson was lying "face front" in the pipe, but only suffered a few minor scrapes.

Authorities say after talking to Watson they realised he wasn't getting very far anyway. He'd been running back and forth within a 2 kilometre radius from the Perkins facility since his escape.

Newshub.