A Louisiana man accused of taking bike after release from jail

A Louisiana man got a ride early Wednesday, but just not to the location he intended.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office had requested that a Rapides deputy give a man who had just been released from their jail a ride to his home in Ball.

A release from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office says it’s a courtesy that agencies will do when no other transportation is available.

An Avoyelles deputy dropped the man, 29-year-old Johnathan Curtis Bentley, off at the parish line to wait for the Rapides deputy, who had been told what Bentley looked like, what he was wearing and where he’d be waiting.

But, as the deputy was on his way to the designated spot, around 12:30 a.m., he passed a man fitting Bentley’s description bicycling on the shoulder of La. Highway 107. When the deputy doubled back and talked to Bentley, he said that he started walking, saw a bicycle in a yard and took it, reads the release.

“He told the deputy he ‘was tired of waiting on him and tired of walking,'” it reads.

The bicycle was returned to its owners, who had slept through the theft. Bentley was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He was charged with criminal trespassing and theft of less than $750.

Bentley, of the 1400 block of La. Highway 1204, was released Wednesday on a $1,000 bond. The release does not state how he got home.

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