MANGUM, Okla. — Authorities in southwest Oklahoma are searching for a state prison inmate who escaped while working at a golf course.

Police in Mangum say 42-year-old Teddy Ely escaped Thursday from the golf course in Mangum.

Police say Ely took a four-wheeler and drove to a nearby house, where he stole an orange pickup truck and drove away.

Department of Corrections records say Ely was an inmate at the Oklahoma State Reformatory Work Center in Granite, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the golf course.

Records show Ely was being held on numerous convictions, including burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle and passing bogus checks.

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