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Inmate accused of trying flee authorities during medical treatment

DERIDDER -- A 20-year-old DeRidder man, an inmate in the Beauregard Parish Jail, is accused of trying to escape authorities while being treated at a local hospital.

According to a news release from Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Toler, Richard Cockrell was arrested Jan. 31. Toler said he was originally arrested Jan. 29 on a probation violation for a minor offense.

Cockrell was booked with simple escape and criminal damage to property.

His bond is set at $150,500.
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