Concordia trusty escapes, caught in Georgia

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

VIDALIA — A Concordia Parish Correctional trusty turned himself in to authorities in Georgia Tuesday morning after stealing an SUV and driving 500 miles before running out of gas and calling 911.

Donald Bach

Donald Bach, 55, of Ohio, was serving a 20-year sentence at the prison, located on Louisiana 15 in Ferriday, for vehicular homicide, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Hedrick said.

Bach committed the vehicular homicide in Allen Parish and is a Louisiana Department of Corrections inmate that the Concordia Parish Correctional facility is housing until he completes his sentence, Hedrick said.

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Bach had only four years left on his sentence and had worked as a trusty for the maintenance crew for four years.

“This guy was as trusted as he could possibly be,” Hedrick said. “I never would have figured he’d be one to do something like this, so there might have been something going on in his personal life.”

In between rounds and headcount checks at the correctional facility, Hedrick said that Bach managed to either swipe the keys to the white Chevrolet Blazer or manipulated the ignition to get it to start.

At approximately 10 p.m. during the next headcount check, Hedrick said correctional officers noticed Bach was missing.

The officers notified CPSO officials who then began searching all local highways and issued an alert to local and state agencies.

Bach managed to drive the SUV nearly 500 miles to Bremen, Ga., before running out of gas and calling 911 to turn himself in, Haralson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jim Beck said.

Bremen Police Department officers picked Bach up at approximately 9 a.m. and transferred him to HCSO deputies.

Bach was booked in at HCSO and voluntarily submitted to extradition back to Louisiana, Beck said.

Hedrick said two CPSO deputies will travel to Bremen, Ga., to pick Bach up and tow the vehicle back to Concordia Parish.

“Once we get him back, we can interrogate him and find out exactly what happened,” Hedrick said. “Until that, we’re double checking all of our security measures.”

Bach will be charged with simple escape and theft of a vehicle.