A Department of Corrections inmate from Catahoula Parish jumped from a van traveling on I-55, after breaking free from his restraints, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Dawn Panepinto said.

Sedrick Smith, 33, struck a deputy and escaped just before 3:30 p.m.

Smith is a black male and is wearing blue jeans, Panepinto said.

Officers from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana State Police and the Hammond Police are currently looking for the escapee.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office is using their helicopter to help locate the Smith, Panepinto said.