MORGAN CITY — A Calumet man who eluded police for a day and a half after jumping into Bayou Bouef during a pursuit was arrested Friday at a Morgan City storage building.
James Guerin, 37, was taken into custody about noon after authorities conducted surveillance on the Sixth Street building where he’d been hiding, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office said. He was booked on counts of methamphetamine distribution, fourth-offense marijuana possession, aggravated flight from an officer, hit-and-run driving and resisting an officer.
His girlfriend, 34-year-old Joni Madison, of Calumet, was later arrested at a Florence Street home on a count of obstruction of justice for aiding Guerin with the evasion, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Guerin led police on a chase early Thursday from Morgan City through Amelia and toward Bayou Bouef, where he crashed into a parked car and a row of industrial sandbags before abandoning his vehicle and jumping into the water, the Sheriff’s Office said.
After detectives were unable to coax Guerin out of the water — and a detective was unable to apprehend him using a nearby pirogue — boats, radar and a dive team also tried, unsuccessfully, to find him in the hours following, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Detectives had obtained a warrant to search Guerin’s property in relation to a narcotics investigation and attempted a traffic stop after spotting him on the road in Morgan City, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Both Madison and Guerin remained in the St. Mary Parish jail Friday afternoon. Bail was not yet set.