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Inmate overpowers guard, drives out of prison

Friday, December 28, 2012 - 3:58pm

An inmate working a night cleaning detail reportedly overpowered a correctional officer, then disguised himself to escape the prison facility.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections reports that the incident happened at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in the early morning on Friday, Dec. 28. We’re told the inmate, Joshua Kelly, 38, is serving a 65 year sentence for armed robbery convictions. He worked at the prison as an infirmary orderly and was part of a group of offenders who were working on a night cleaning crew.

At some point after midnight Kelly managed to escape custody by overpowering an officer. He then put on a correctional uniform jacket and an EMT hat, then drove out of the facility in an ambulance.

“There are still unanswered questions regarding the escape that will be revealed once our investigation is complete,” said DPS&C Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc. “As per Department policy, we will do a thorough review of the incident to determine exactly how this happened and take appropriate measures as warranted.”

Several law enforcement agencies searched for Kelly after officials were alerted about the incident. Kelly was apprehended at roughly 2:30 a.m. in Ascension Parish at the intersection of Highways 73 and 75.

No one was seriously injured.

It is the first escape from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center since 2005. 

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