ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A 47-year-old correctional officer, transporting inmates to prison, is accused of making a pit stop for one of the female inmates in order to allow her to buy drugs. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack says Corrections Officer Michelle George was transporting at least two inmates to the Avoyelles Parish Correctional Center when she took a detour through a neighborhood and allowed the prisoner to exit the transport van.
The inmate, identified as Felicia Daigle, was reportedly being transferred to the correctional center, when she was allowed to get off the transport van at Davis Street in Paincourtville, Louisiana in order to purchase drugs.
Authorities say when Daigle did not return, George then allowed a second prisoner to exit the van in order to look for Daigle. She allegedly returned after a while and stated that Daigle had already left the area.
Waguespack says that George then made up a story to an Assumption Parish patrol deputy that an inmate had escaped her van. Deputies then began a search for Daigle, who reportedly was later located hiding at her home on Hwy 1012 in Labadieville.
Michelle George was booked in the Assumption Parish Detention Center for Assisting Escape, Obstruction of Justice and Malfeasance in Office. Her bond has not yet been set.
Felicia Daigle was booked in the Assumption Parish Detention Center for Simple Escape. Her bond has been set at $200,000.
Deputies then arrested two others in connection with the case. Julie Troxclair has been arrested for Accessory after the fact to Simple Escape. Her bond has been set at $10,000. David Landry was arrested and charged with Accessory after the fact to Simple Escape. His bond has been set at $10,000.