Police were searching Thursday for the uncuffed Letcher County inmate who escaped Wednesday after stealing the prisoner transport van he was riding in.
Stevie Daniel Wynn, 32, of Thornton, in Letcher County, was not handcuffed during the transport Wednesday, Perry County Sheriff Les Burgett said.
"And he should have been," Burgett said. "That's something we are looking into."
Burgett said Wynn climbed through a security screen into the driver's area of the van, which was traveling on Ky. 15 in Knott County, while he was being returned to the Letcher jail from a court appearance on shoplifting charges in Hazard.
Burgett said the driver was slowing down or stopping when Wynn came through the screen and pushed the officer out of the van.
Burgett said the driver tried to catch himself but fell and skinned his knees.
"He's going to be fine," Burgett said.
He said they would know more details once they find Wynn and the van.
"We've got some video of him going up Route 7," near Isom on Wednesday. The video was from a store. Burgett said Wynn was from that area.
Wynn had less than a month to serve in the Letcher jail, Burgett said. Now, once he's caught, he will face charges of assaulting a police officer, theft of the van and escape. Information on the Letcher conviction was not immediately available.
Wynn is 6-foot-1 and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes and a tattoo on his upper left arm.
Police also are looking for the stolen van. It is a white 2010 Dodge Caravan with a Kentucky official registration plate numbered 4254DD.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.