Man tries to avoid arrest by jumping into bayou
LAFOURCHE PARISH- A man attempted to wade through a bayou to get away from authorities chasing him after a traffic stop.
Deputies were looking for 35-year-old Tyrone Showalter because he had eight active warrants with bonds totaling over $400,000.
Authorities learned Showalter was in Grand Isle and would be returning to Lafourche Parish on Tuesday. Deputies got a description of his vehicle and tried to pull him over on LA Highway 3235 in Golden Meadow.
After stopping for authorities, Showalter exited the vehicle through the passenger side and ran into Bayou Lafourche. At that time, deputies noticed he was armed with a black handgun as he jumped into the water. In the water, deputies noticed three bags of suspected narcotics floating near him.
According to a release, Showalter emptied all of the bags into the water before returning to the bank to be arrested.
While searching the water, deputies located the empty bags and the handgun, which was reported stolen out of Terrebonne Parish. Inside the vehicle, deputies found drug paraphernalia.
Showalter was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. At the detention center, authorities located over $300 in counterfeit money.
He was booked on the eight contempt warrants, and he was also booked with illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, monetary instrument abuse, and possession of drug paraphernalia.