GONZALES — An inmate on work release who drove off from the job in a company vehicle to have lunch with a female friend in Denham Springs was captured Tuesday by Gonzales police officers.
The inmate, Eric Richard Morton, was part of a program through the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and had been assigned to work release for a few months, according to a news release from the Gonzales Police Department.
Morton, 33, of Walker, was serving time on three counts of simple burglary, police said. His criminal history includes drug possession, purse snatching, felony theft, issuing worthless checks, improper supervision of a minor and domestic abuse.
Morton drove off from Ascension Roofing and Sheet Metal, 2140 S. Philippe St., at 9 a.m. Tuesday in a company pickup truck, police said. He was apprehended after the truck was spotted eastbound on La. 30 and was stopped after turning north on Philippe Street. Morton told officers that he had gone to Denham Springs to see a female friend and have lunch. He also said he stopped at Academy Sports.
A search of the truck revealed nothing was missing and there was no damage, and Ascension Roofing and Sheet Metal did not wish to press charges on unauthorized use of the company vehicle, police said.
Morton, who was returned to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, now faces additional charges, police said.