Man crashes into bayou while fleeing from deputies

Man crashes into bayou while fleeing from deputies

RACELAND, LA (WVUE) - A Raceland man drove his vehicle into Bayou Lafourche in an attempt to evade deputies, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.

David Matherne, 27, faces multiple charges following the incident.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday at an undisclosed location in Raceland. Officers say the Matherne was involved in an argument with another man. During the argument, Matherne allegedly grabbed the man's cell phone and wallet. He doused them in gasoline and set the items on fire, deputies say.

The victim returned to his home on Danos Street and called authorities. Deputies say Matherne followed the victim to his home and confronted him.

Deputies arriving on the scene found Matherne in his vehicle. Officers ordered the suspect out of the vehicle, but Matherne sped away.

Officers say he drove toward LA Highway 1 at a high rate of speed, smashing into several objects and a shed. He then crashed into Bayou Lafourche, officers say.

Matherne climbed out of the bayou and began running, but deputies caught him. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Matherne was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries sustained in the crash. Following his release, Matherne was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with aggravated flight from an officer, felony theft and two counts of simple criminal damage to property -- one of which was a felony charge.

He is currently being held in lieu of $36,000 bond.

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