Elko County authorities searched for a Utah man who escaped from sheriff's deputies moments after he was sentenced to 10 years in the Nevada State Prison.

Officials said Larry Vigil, 32, of Moab, Utah, was being led from the courtroom into a waiting sheriff's cruiser when he made his break and fled down the street Tuesday.Deputies said he apparently injured his head in the breakaway, but did not say how that happened.

He was described as a 5-foot-8-inch Indian with brown hair and brown eyes and was wearing bright red jail coveralls and a chain belly belt, although a court spokeswoman said his hands were not cuffed.

District Judge Tom Stringfield sentenced Vigil to 10 years for the Sept. 27 burglary of a pickup truck at a downtown Elko hotel. The spokeswoman said his sentence was stiff because of several prior arrests.