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Soggy suspect: Fleeing man rescued after jumping into bayou

11 months 2 days 35 minutes ago Thursday, November 19 2020 Nov 19, 2020 November 19, 2020 7:02 AM November 19, 2020 in News
Source: Associated Press

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Things turned soggy for a suspect in Louisiana when a chase ended with law enforcement officers jumping into a bayou to save the man as he tried to swim away from arrest.

Narcotics agents were patrolling a Terrebonne Parish neighborhood at around 10:35 p.m. on Nov. 11 when they saw a driver commit a traffic violation, the sheriff’s office said.

The agents tried to pull the driver over, but he sped away, officials said. Deputies chased the motorist into another neighborhood, where the driver got out of the car, and ran toward Bayou Little Caillou and hopped into the water, investigators said.

The suspect, identified as Keith Myers Jr., 25, “encountered difficulty” and called for the deputies to save him. An agent and a deputy jumped into the water and pulled Myers to safety, the sheriff’s office said.

Myers was booked into the Terrebonne Parish jail on charges of flight from an officer, resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless operation of a vehicle, improper turning and improper lighting.

He was later released on bond, the agency said. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment for him.

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