AMELIA, LA (WAFB) - Investigators are searching for a man who jumped in a bayou to get away from narcotics detectives Thursday morning.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office reported Bayou Boeuf and nearby areas in Amelia are being combed in hopes of finding James Guerin Jr., 36, of Calumet.
Deputies said they received information of possible illegal drug activity at his home and secured a search warrant, but later saw him driving in the Morgan City area.
When detectives tried to pull the vehicle over, he reportedly sped off. Detectives said they followed him into Amelia, were he reportedly hit a parked car and crashed into a row of industrial sandbags.
Authorities said Guerin got out of the vehicle, ran to the bayou and jumped in. Deputies said one of the detectives got into a pirogue to try to catch Guerin, but the suspect got away.
After searching the waterway with a dive team, deputies believe that Guerin swam to safety and is hiding from police.
Patrol deputies with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office are looking for Guerin. The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office is assisting in the search. The US Coast Guard periodically closed the waterway as the divers worked.
Anyone who sees Guerin should immediately call the sheriff's office at 985-384-1622 or 337-828-1960.