A Bastrop Police Department inmate played hide and seek with officers Tuesday, but lost the game when he was discovered hiding in a culvert.
Patrick Crossley was one of three inmates being transported from Bastrop City Court by a deputy city marshal when he took off running toward Baron Ball Park. Officers with the BPD and deputies with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office immediately began chasing Crossley, who ran east across Sassafras Street. A perimeter was set up and the area sealed by the officers, who then began a search by foot. Deputies and officers saw footprints leading up to a culvert and when Crossley was told to come out, he did so. He was immediately placed under arrest for simple escape and transported to the MPSO jail.
BPD Chief Downey Black and Sheriff Mike Tubbs commended the officers and deputies for their quick actions and the speedy recovery of the inmate.
Also, deputies with the sheriff's office was patrolling the Perry St. neighborhood when a teenager passed the patrol car on a minibike. When the deputy tried to stop the teen, he fled the area, going the wrong way down a one-way street. A chase ensued and deputies were able to apprehend Cornelius Whitfield, 19, 324 Wright St. As they were taking Whitfield into custody, a bag of suspected marijuana was found close to him.
Whitfield was charged with failure to stop, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of schedule I narcotics, second offense and riding without a helmet. He was transported to the MPSO jail.