A Clinton man was arrested Monday following nine months at large after he escaped from the Southern University Police Department, officials said.
Frederick D. White, 25, of 8324 La. 67, faces a count of simple escape after he disappeared on Aug. 29 from being handcuffed to a steel bar inside the police station, according to a Southern University Police report.
White had been pulled over on a traffic stop and provided false information about his identity to an officer, according to the report. He said he lied because he was afraid he had warrants out for his arrest.
While being processed in the Southern University Police Annex Building, White was handcuffed to a steel eye bolt bar, which was attached to the prisoner bench along a wall near the rear entrance area of the facility, the report says.
When an officer left the building to retrieve a copy of White’s criminal history, the lawman returned to find White had manipulated the bar and slipped out the back door, with the Smith & Wesson handcuffs still on, valued at $32, according to the report. White was nowhere to be found.
White was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Monday on counts of simple escape, resisting an officer, theft, criminal damage to property and driver’s license required. He was assigned a bail of $10,000, according to jail records.