Corrections officer accused of letting escapee buy drugs
NAPOLEONVILLE - Sheriff's investigators in Assumption Parish arrested an Avoyelles Parish corrections officer in connection with an inmate's escape last week, and said the officer let the inmate out to buy drugs at one point.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Officer Michelle George, 47, was charged with assisting escape, obstruction of justice, and malfeasance in office after her arrest Wednesday.
Investigators said on March 26 George detoured from her assigned route while transporting inmate Felicia Daigle through Paincourtville, letting Daigle out of the van so she could walk to Pugh Street and buy drugs. When Daigle didn't return investigators said George sent another inmate to look for her, but that inmate came back and said Daigle had left the area.
Investigators said George drove around looking for Daigle and even stopped to meet a third party at a gas station in the area before they notified an Assumption Parish deputy on a traffic stop that Daigle had escaped. Deputies later found Daigle, who was in jail initially for several non-violent felonies, hiding at her home in Labadieville.
Deputies added a charge of simple escape to Daigle's rap sheet, and charged Julie Troxclair as well as David Landry for being accessories after the fact to simple escape. They are all still in jail at this time, as is George who had not been given a bond yet according to the sheriff's office.