HAMMOND, La. – A trustee who was serving time in Tangipahoa Parish for his sixth DWI arrest is back in custody in the parish jail after walking off a worksite in Amite, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.
John Johnson, 37, who is serving ten years, was captured Friday, according to the sheriff's office, and was charged with simple escape. Johnson escaped from the TPSO vehicle maintenance shop on Highway 51 Thursday.
"As our deputy was locking up the trustees customarily wait by the unit to be transported back to the jail. When the deputy came out he noticed one of the two was gone. (The) Deputy immediately notified communications and a search ensued," said a statement from the sheriff's office.
Detectives determined that Johnson had been picked up and driven from the area in a vehicle, according to the sheriff's office, and dropped off at the Tangipahoa River near Dunnington Bridge and Morris Road with a canoe and supplies.
Friday afternoon, Johnson was picked up three miles north of Highway 190, according to the sheriff's office. He was taken into custody without incident.
Two Ponchatoula residents, Terri Sowash and Patrick Sneeden, were later charged with principle to simple escape.