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DRIVER RESCUED FROM BAYOU - Thursday, March 12, 2015

PIERRE PART --- Sheriff Mike Waguespack reports that on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at approximately 12:15am, during a routine business check on Lee Drive, Deputy Kelli Matherne noticed a light shining out of the bayou. She then went over and determined the light was coming from a vehicle underwater and heard sounds coming from a person inside. She proceeded to immediately jump into the bayou and attempt to break the windows. Another deputy arrived and assisted her breaking open the windshield and were able to get the driver out before he drowned. The driver who was the sole occupant was transported by Acadian Ambulance to Assumption Community Hospital where he was treated and blood was drawn. Deputy Matherne was treated at Assumption Community Hospital for cuts she suffered while breaking the glass. Deputy Matherne is a patrol deputy who has been with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office for just under 2 years. We would like to commend Deputy Matherne for her quick thinking and heroic actions that ultimately saved the drivers life.

This is an on-going investigation and charges may be forthcoming based upon the results of a routine toxicology test.

For additional information concerning this News Release, contact Sheriff Mike Waguespack at 985-637-6392 or Public Information Officer, Robert Martin at 985-369-7281 or 985-398-0430.


 

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