Suspect Pulled Out of Swamp Following Police Pursuit in Louisiana

A suspect was pulled out of a swamp following a police pursuit in Chalmette, Louisiana, on Thursday, March 16, according to local officials.

A post on the St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page said officers were notified of a stolen vehicle on March 16 and, upon arrival in the area, attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver, identified as Demaurien Taylor of Texas, refused to stop.

The officers proceeded to follow the suspect’s vehicle to a pasture in Chalmette, Louisiana, where Taylor and a 15-year-old passenger, also of Texas, exited the vehicle and ran into a swamp in the area, the post said.

According to the sheriff’s office, SWAT officers were able to locate both individuals using a fire department drone.

Footage posted to the sheriff’s office Facebook page shows officers guiding Taylor through a body of water as his cuffed hands are raised in the air.

“Due to Taylor’s location and the logistics of getting him out of the swamp, SWAT officers utilized a high buoyancy swift water rescue vest to provide floatation across the canal,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said. “This provided the safest, most expedient method for getting him out of the water, off the street and into custody.”

According to the post, the 15-year-old was charged with resisting an officer by flight, and Taylor was charged with multiple counts, including illegal possession of stolen things. Credit: St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office via Storyful