- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) - Authorities say an Avoyelles Parish correctional officer’s decision to make an unscheduled stop last week to let an inmate she was transporting to jail to buy drugs backfired. Assumption Parish deputies say the inmate never returned with the drugs and escaped.

Felicia Daigle was found more than three hours later at her home in Labadieville.

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1DrdzPC ) Michelle George, 47, was arrested Wednesday and booked with malfeasance, assisting escape and obstruction of justice.

George has been on administrative leave from the Avoyelles Sheriff’s Office since the escape. Assumption Parish contracts with Avoyelles Parish to house their female inmates.

As they were driving, George had complained about having bad headaches, Waguespack said. Daigle told her that she could get painkillers and Waguespack said she agreed with those in the van to share the drugs with them.

Though it was pointed out that no one in the van had money to pay for the drugs, Daigle told them she knew someone in Paincourtville who owed her a favor and she could get them for free, Waguespack said.

George detoured from her route between the two parishes and drove to Davis Street in Paincourtville, an area known for drug activity.

Waguespack said George gave Daigle the keys to her handcuffs and then went outside the van to open the back door to let Daigle out.

Daigle walked to nearby Pugh Street for the drug buy, Waguespack said, but he said it is not clear if Daigle ever found the drug dealer she supposedly knew in the area, because she never returned to the van.

Once the second inmate sent to find Daigle returned without her, George started to look for the missing inmate, also with no success, deputies said.

George then told the inmates in the van to get their stories straight and went to the Gator Corner gas station, which is a few miles from Paincourtville, to meet someone who knew one of the other inmates in the van, Waguespack said.

While at the gas station, George ran into an Assumption Parish deputy conducting a traffic stop and reported that Daigle had escaped, deputies said.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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