St. Mary Parish deputies arrest man who escaped into bayou
BAYOU BOEUF - A wanted man who managed to elude deputies in St. Mary Parish by jumping into Bayou Boeuf and swimming away was taken into custody Friday.
Detectives say they found James Guerin hiding out in a storage building on Sixth Street in Morgan City. He was wanted on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana (4th offense), aggravated flight from an officer, hit and run driving and resisting an officer. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division and Morgan City Police combined efforts to take Guerin into custody without incident.
Deputies in St. Mary Parish used boats, dive crews and radar to search the bayou for Guerin, who managed to avoid arrest from the early morning hours of Thursday until the search was suspended around 5:30 p.m.
A second arrest was made in connection with the investigation on Friday afternoon as deputies took 34-year-old Joni Madison into custody. Madison, Guerin's girlfriend, is accused of helping the wanted man evade authorities on Thursday. She was arrested at her residence in Morgan City and faces a charge of obstruction of justice.
Guerin was taken to the parish jail where he will also be charged for parole violation.