A man charged with escape in November by Candler County sheriff's investigators is in custody in Miami-Dade County, Florida, awaiting extradition back to Candler County.
Todd Richard Hirsch, 39, failed to comply with a mandated rehabilitation sentence ordered through Candler County Superior Court in November. He was ordered to report to a rehabilitation facility in Emanuel County, but he left the facility and did not return to jail, said Capt. Justin Wells.
Hirsch had been missing since Nov. 20. He was sentenced to a stint in the rehabilitation facility after being found guilty of fleeing/attempt to elude officers, DUI, reckless driving and six counts of terroristic threats. The terroristic threats charges stemmed from Hirsch threatening to harm or kill law enforcement officers during his pursuit and subsequent arrest, Wells said.
Hirsch in believed to have flown to the Dominican Republic, but he returned Feb. 22 to Panama City, Panama. From there, he planned to travel to Medellin, Columbia, but was intercepted by Panamanian law enforcement officials, who took him to Miami to await extradition, Wells said.
The United States Marshals Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Panamanian officials assisted in Hirsch's apprehension.
Anyone with information on Hirsch is asked to contact Wells at the Candler County Sheriff's Office at (912) 685-2568.