Search underway for escaped inmate who's also a sex offender

The search is on for a man who took off a few hours ago from the Pulaski County Courthouse.

Authorities are now searching for 42-year-old Gary Wayne Courtney.

He was last seen wearing handcuffs and a belly chain.

The court docket says Courtney was in court on identify theft charges, but he's also a registered sex offender.

Police say Courtney took off running when he was taken outside the courtroom to talk with his lawyer.

The Pulaski County Sheriff tells 27 NEWSFIRST Courtney has stolen a car.

They're now searching for him in the Mt. Victory area near Laurel County.

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