Escaped inmate steals race car, gets caught

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Herman Turlich escaped from a courthouse in Bell Chasse, Louisiana on Tuesday and stole a race car from a warehouse, according to 4WWL

He then crashed it into a field before eventually being caught by the authorities. 

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The incident began at approx. 4:45 pm local time when the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in regards to a race car speed down the road on Main Street and F. Edward Hebert Boulevard. Then, a short time later, the car was seen crashing into a ditch, according to eye witnesses. 

Once the authorities arrived on the scene between F. Edward Hebert Boulevard and Woodland Highway, the driver was gone. The eye witnesses told the police that they saw the individual run into the woods. 

Multiple officers arrived to assist in the search for the missing inmate. Approx. 7:15 pm local time, the police confirmed that they found the inmate. 

“We were able to put a nice perimeter in that area,” Lt. Chaun Dominque with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said, “where the subject was last seen, and we were able to nab him in an hour, hour-and-a-half later.” 

It is not clear how Turlich escaped from the courtroom. Yet, Dominque said that there will be steps that will be put in place to not have this happen again. 

“We are going to re-evaluate what happened in the court situation and we are going to make some safeguards to make sure inmates don’t get the opportunity to walk out, like what happened [on Tuesday].”

Turlich was in court for simple battery charges. Now, after this incident, he’s going to have more charges.

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