NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man driving a stolen pickup truck jumped off the Causeway Bridge Thursday night, prompting a massive search in Lake Pontchartrain, according to the United States Coast Guard.
The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday near the middle of the nearly 24-mile long bridge. Officials said that a man, identified as 28-year-old Darryl Clinton Davis Jr. of Foley, Ala., exited a reportedly stolen vehicle and jumped into the lake from the southbound span.
Bridge general manager Carlton Dufrechou said that the man saw an officer's flashing lights near a detour and turned around. As a patrol car followed the vehicle, officials said he exited the pickup and jumped into the lake.
The missing person has been described as a white male in his late twenties or early thirties, the Coast Guard said. He was driving a Ford F-150 Lariat.
Causeway Police and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office are assisting the Coast Guard in the search. Coast Guard officials have boats and helicopters deployed in the search for the missing man.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact USCG Sector New Orleans at 504-365-2533.