Deputy saves driver from drowning in bayou
PIERRE PART - Sheriff Mike Waguespack said an Assumption Parish sheriff's deputy saved the life of a driver whose car went off the road and into a bayou overnight.
The sheriff said Deputy Kelli Matherne was checking businesses just after midnight in Pierre Part when she saw lights shining out of the bayou. She found a vehicle underwater and heard sounds from people inside, and the sheriff said she immediately jumped into the bayou to get them out.
Another deputy arrived at the scene and helped her break the vehicle's windshield and get the driver out before he drowned. The driver was taken to the hospital for his injuries and to have blood drawn for a routine toxicology check.
Sheriff Waguespack said Deputy Matherne was also taken to the hospital and treated for cuts she got freeing the driver. The sheriff commended Matherne, a two-year veteran of the sheriff's office, for "her quick thinking and heroic actions that ultimately saved the drivers life."
The sheriff said their investigation is ongoing.