An inmate who escaped while being transferred to the Estill County jail was still at large Tuesday, Kentucky State Police said.
Jason Gay, 37, of Berea, was being transferred from London when he slipped out of handcuffs and ran, state police said in a release.
At about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Gay escaped the custody of an Estill County deputy while being transported to Estill County jail. Gay then allegedly stole a 1988 Dodge Dakota pickup from the water-treatment plant on Kirkland Avenue in Irvine.
The security guard who owns the truck fired shots as the inmate drove off. Police said they later found the unoccupied truck with three blown-out tires.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Police said they think Gay is armed with a machete that was left in the pickup.
Gay is described as being approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing an orange hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.
He was scheduled to appear in Estill Circuit Court Tuesday for a status hearing on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, according to a court docket.