Inmate Escapes Jail

An inmate escaped Friday afternoon from the Lauderdale County Detention Facility.

John Sims, 26, of Meridian, was being held on charges of burglary and credit card fraud, as well as a probation violation.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie said a missing walkie-talkie may have been used by the inmate to gain his freedom around 12:45 p.m.

Sollie said Sims has never been charged with a violent crime, but anyone on the run could be dangerous.

Call 917-8888 if you have information on Sims' whereabouts.