Inmate Escapes While On Work Detail For Police

A Harrison County inmate is on the run after driving away from a work detail at the Gulfport Police Department's maintenance facility Tuesday morning.

Michael Starling, 26, drove away in a stolen 1994 Ford F-150. It is an animal control vehicle with a Mississippi tag. He was serving a four-year sentence on a conviction of false pretense.

Starling was last seen wearing green-striped pants and a shirt and jacket, with the letters MDOC.

He is believed to be on his way to Simpson County where some of his family members live. If you have any information on Starling's whereabouts, call the Gulfport Police Department at (228) 868-5959.