FORT MORGAN, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities in Morgan County are searching for an inmate who escaped on Thursday night from the Colorado Plains Medical Center. Chaz Jesse Gilbert Contreras, 29, was last seen running south on Grant Street from the hospital’s emergency department.

Chaz Jesse Gilbert Contreras (credit: Morgan County Sheriff’s Office)

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says Contreras was able to escape due to an “internal failure to follow proper procedure.” Multiple agencies are currently searching for the inmate.

Contreras is about 5-foot-3, weighs 150 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. He left the hospital wearing an orange jail uniform, according to investigators.

Contreras has an active warrant for escape and a parole violation. He was being held on multiple charges including burglary, vehicular eluding, criminal mischief, theft, driving under suspension and leaving the scene of an accident.

If you see Contreras, deputies say you should not try to talk to him. Instead, dial 911 or the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. You can also call Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Audra Streetman