Posted: Jun 16, 2014 9:19 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jun 16, 2014 10:00 PM
GONZALES- The driver of an SUV was likely impaired when he drove into New River Monday evening, police told WBRZ News 2.
The unidentified man and a female passenger had to be rescued by eyewitnesses. In video, captured by someone who saw the incident, a man is seen on the roof of the vehicle trying to coax the woman out of the SUV as water fills the front end.
Eventually, a man identified as Robert Philippe jumped into the water and pulled the woman out from the driver's side door. He told her to hold on to his back as he used a rope, held by another man on the bank, to pull himself and the woman to dry land.
Police said the driver failed to follow a curve in the street on West New River Street, just before it turns into Coon Trap Road. After missing the turn, the driver drove straight into the bayou.
Police booked the man on suspicion of DWI.
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