Prisoner escapes from hospital

Published 1:27 am Sunday, January 18, 2009

An inmate appears to have used a complaint about a medical problem as an opportunity to escape.

Inmate Scooter Robinson, 31,of 69 Broadridge Dr., Carriere, complained about a medical ailment and was taken to Highland Community Hospital, where an accomplice allegedly met him and aided in his escape.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said Robinson’s girlfriend, Michelle Morris, 39, with a last known address of 67482 Slaughter Rd., Pearl River, La. was waiting outside the hospital in a car for Robinson to come out.

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Tucker said the department received a call from the transport officer who took Robinson to the hospital at 12:40 a.m. Saturday stating Robinson had escaped. Robinson was initially taken to the hospital for treatment of his medical complaint. After doctors treated him, Robinson was being escorted back to the transport vehicle, wearing ankle shackles. Only one of his hands was shackled to his belly chain due to his alleged medical condition, Tucker said.

As Robinson was being taken to the transport vehicle, he ran to the car Morris had parked near the transport vehicle. Robinson jumped in the driver’s seat and sped off. When the transport officer attempted to recapture Robinson as he drove away, a window was broken out of the escape vehicle, Tucker said.

The accomplice, Morris, is out on bond for a charge of bringing a controlled substance into a correctional facility, Tucker said. Robinson was being held on possession of precursor chemicals and possession of a controlled substance charges.

Robinson is now wanted for escape and Morris is wanted for aiding and abetting in Robinson’s escape.