updated 7/17/2007 12:39:19 PM ET 2007-07-17T16:39:19

A man with tuberculosis who fled from medical isolation at a hospital was found Tuesday off Interstate 30 near Little Rock, authorities said.

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Pulaski County Sheriff's spokesman John Rehrauer said Franklin Greenwood, 50, was being taken back to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital.

A district judge had ordered Greenwood placed in isolation on June 29 after he was seen coughing up blood outside of the city's traffic court. Greenwood fled on July 1.

Health officials said Greenwood is contagious but has a form of TB that can be controlled with treatment. They don't believe his TB is drug-resistant, but they want to test him further to determine if he is a safety risk.

A judge last week said health officials could restrain Greenwood with handcuffs, if necessary, to keep him in the hospital for testing.

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