Deputies need help identifying Luling bridge jumper
ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a person who jumped off of the Luling Bridge Friday morning.
According to the sheriff's office, a young white male between the ages of 18-25 was seen walking north bound on the Hale Boggs Bridge.
The man was seen on the shoulder of the bridge in a black pull-over sweatshirt and blue pajama pants with a design.
A deputy spotted the man on the way to his shift and pulled over.
He got out of the car and asked the man if he needed assistance when Police Chief Deputy Rodney Madere said the man began darting into traffic.
Madere said it appeared the man wanted to fight the deputy, who went back to his car to call for assistance.
As the deputy called for back up, Madere said the man ran towards the bridge railing and jumped into the river, according to the report.
The man was last seen swimming toward the barges moored on the Luling side of the river before disappearing from sight.
A slipper from the man was recovered from the river. Madere said the slipper was a dark colored Margaritaville slipper.
Anyone with information on the incident or identity of the suspect is urged to contact Detective Jody Weems at 985-783-1135 or 985-783-6807.
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