HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Authorities in Westmoreland County are searching for a man who escaped from custody Friday evening at the State Police Greensburg Station in Hempfield Township.

State police say 29-year-old Christopher Ghrist was in custody on drug charges and other criminal offenses.

According to investigators, Ghrist asked to use the restroom after being processed at the barracks. Police say he was uncuffed and escorted to the station lobby bathroom; but when Ghrist opened the door to exit the restroom, he bolted past the trooper and out the front doors.

Ghrist ran in a southeast direction, heading through the parking lot and into a nearby wooded area, officials say.

State police and the Greensburg City police searched the area, but could not find him.

Ghrist is described as a white male standing about five-feet-seven-inches tall, 180 pounds with blue eyes and a bald head. He also has several tattoos including a cross with flames on the back of his neck.

Police say he may be driving a bluish-gray Chevy Impala with a temporary license plate number HTV-0165.

Anyone with information on where Ghrist may be is asked to contact State Police Greensburg at 724-832-3288.

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