Prisoner identified after escaping, drowning in Ephrata creek
The Lancaster County District Attorney's office has identified the prisoner in Saturday's Ephrata death investigation as 24-year-old Andrew D. Good.
Saturday night, Ephrata Police were dispatched to the parking lot at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital to help the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department with a prisoner who had escaped from captivity.
Good had been taken the hospital for injuries, after having already been arrested on a bench warrant. He then escaped the deputies in the hospital parking, and ran into Cocalico Creek wearing handcuffs and a chain restraint belt.
The water was 12 feet deep.
Police and fire attempted a rescue, but Good was found dead at 9:22 p.m.
The District Attorney's Office will determine if there was a criminal act regarding the in-custody death.
According to court documents, just last year Good was charged with things like aggravated assault, resisting arrest and giving a false identification to a law enforcement officer.
The bench warrant was for a resisting arrest and driving while suspended case.
"I've been here nine years," said Chief Bill Harvey, of the Ephrata Police Department. "We've had escapes in the past but nothing of this consequence, but most every time we've always been very fortunate.”