LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are looking for a man who escaped from the custody of Louisville Metro Corrections on Tuesday.

According to a news release from the jail, Tyrel Ellis escaped from the holding area near the entrance to Louisville Metro Corrections while he was being returned to jail custody by Home Incarceration officers.

Authorities say Ellis had been left unrestrained before he escaped.

Louisville Metro Police was notified about his escape but were unable to locate him. A warrant has since been issued for his arrest.

"Metro Corrections will conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances that contributed to Ellis' unauthorized departure,"  Metro Corrections Assistant Director Steve Durham said in a statement.

Ellis had been on house arrest on condition of bond since Oct. 10, after he had been charged with stealing a car from a car salesman. According to the police report, Ellis took a car on a test drive from the BMW dealership on Shelbyville Road. He stopped at Back Yard Burger on Blankenbaker Parkway. When the salesman went into the restaurant, he drove off.

Police tracked the BMW to an apartment complex in Douglass Hills. As officers were turning the car over to a dealership employee, Ellis walked up to the car with the key on a lanyard around his neck. He was arrested and then placed on the Home Incarceration Program.

On Monday, Ellis violated the conditions of HIP when police say he took a vehicle without permission from Enterprise Car Sales off Blankenbaker Parkway and drove it to where he worked. Officers were able to track Ellis through his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet.

He was picked up in the early morning hours Tuesday and taken to Metro Corrections. This is when he escaped custody.

Managers for BMW of Louisville and Enterprise Car Sales could not comment since it is an open and active investigation.

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