DENHAM SPRINGS -- An alleged drug offender is now in custody after he escaped from Denham Springs City Police during an arrest early this afternoon.
Officers arrested Nicholas Allen, 36, at the area where he escaped, near the America's Best Inn & Suites on Rushing Road, near Interstate 12.
Police captured Allen approximately four hours after he escaped from police.
Allen allegedly kicked the door of a police unit, shattered the window and crawled out, according to Denham Springs Police Chief Shannon Womack.
Officers arrested Allen after an investigation in which they allegedly found drugs, drugs paraphernalia and a handgun with a serial number scratched off.
A helicopter patrol from the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, along with a K-9 unit, searched for Allen several hours, but to no avail, Womack said.