Prison guard fired after inmate escapes near courthouse
BATON ROUGE - A prison guard lost his job after after an inmate escaped near the 19th Judicial District Courthouse downtown.
Wednesday, Clayton Holland got away from Pine Prairie corrections officers when he was being transported to East Baton Rouge.
Holland escaped using a handcuff key he got while in Pine Prairie Prison, according to a prison spokesperson.
The inmate freed himself from his cuffs and shackles and escaped through the top of the transport bus' emergency exit.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office said a deputy working a community assignment nearby rushed to the area and captured Holland near the USS Kidd.
The officer who lost the key was fired because he did not report the missing key to prison officials, the Pine Prairie spokesman said.
Holland was at the courthouse for a hearing on forgery, theft, and shoplifting charges out of East Baton Rouge Parish.
Pine Prairie is in Evangeline Parish north of Eunice.