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Vidalia man caught red-footed at jail

FERRIDAY — Concordia Parish Sheriff’s deputies say a Vidalia man trying to sneak contraband into jail was caught red-handed; or was it red-footed?

The man apparently switched shoes, allegedly containing hidden synthetic marijuana, with his inmate brother during visitation Saturday.

As a result, the man found himself behind bars, but not before trying to make a last-minute escape.

Bryan M. Brown, 21, 612 Maple St., was arrested and charged Saturday with introduction of contraband in a penal institute, simple escape, simple criminal damage to property and battery of a police officer.

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Hedrick said Brown was visiting his brother, Christopher Walker, who’s incarcerated at Concordia Parish Correctional Facility for an armed robbery charge.

“The guard noticed something going on and then saw they had on the wrong shoes,” Hedrick said. “They found synthetic marijuana under the insole of his shoes that he was trying to give to his brother.”

CPSO deputies then transported Brown to the Concordia courthouse jail to put him in the system, Hedrick said.

“When he was being booked in, he knocked one of the sergeants down and tried to run out the door,” Hedrick said. “The deputies caught him before anything happened and finished booking him in without incident.”