Law enforcement agencies across Northwest Georgia were searching late Thursday for a Floyd County prisoner who fled from a Rome work detail that afternoon.
The Floyd County Prison inmate, who took off around 1:30 p.m., has been identified as 41-year-old Jack Belcher, originally from Loganville.
Belcher was serving his sentence after his conviction on charges of possession of methamphetamines, impersonating another individual and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Belcher fled from a work detail by driving off in a city of Rome work truck. The vehicle was described as a white 2002 Ford F-150 pickup with green Rome Water Department logos on the side and a government license plate of 167102.
Belcher is described as a white male, approximately 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighing around 160 pounds, with dark hair and a mustache.
Jackson said Belcher was not considered a violent inmate, which is why he was allowed on a work detail, but stressed that the public should use caution because he is on the run.
Police in Rome and Floyd County, as well as surrounding counties, were issued a lookout for Belcher immediately after he stole the vehicle. A perimeter was set up around the water treatment plant, but Belcher had apparently already fled the area.