Deputies save suspect from drowning, then arrest him
SLIDELL - Deputies in St. Tammany Parish arrested a man after a deputy saved him from drowning in a canal.
Officials say detectives in the STPSO Narcotics Task Force were conducting an undercover operation in the parking lot of a restaurant when they saw the suspect in a vehicle with a female passenger.
Detectives moved in to arrest Kyle Anderson, who attempted to drive away, according to investigators. They say Anderson plowed into an unmarked Sheriff's Office unit head-on, causing heavy damage to both vehicles.
Following the crash, deputies say Anderson got out and started running, jumping into a nearby canal as detectives chased him. They say Anderson immediately began yelling for help, saying he could not swim. One of the detectives then jumped into the canal, swam out to Anderson, and brought him back to shore.
Once he was rescued, detectives say they took him into custody without further incident.
While searching Anderson's vehicle, detectives say they found a small amount of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, over $1,000 in cash, and two semi-automatic pistols.
The female passenger was injured in the crash, and detectives say she received medical attention on scene before being transported to the hospital. She has not been charged.
Anderson was booked on the following charges:
- Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS
- Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule I CDS
- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
- Resisting an Officer
- Aggravated Flight from an Officer
- Aggravated Criminal Damage
- Obstruction of Justice
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Sales