Drunken man accused of stealing excavator, charging Jefferson Parish deputies, going on destructive rampage _lowres

Advocate staff photo CHAD CALDER -- A commercial diver fastens belts to an excavator submerged in the Harvey Canal near the West Bank Expressway Friday afternoon. A crane then safely lifted the vehicle out of the water and on to dry land. Police say William Strength, 24, stole the excavator Thursday night and went on a rampage before driving it into the canal.

Jefferson Parish authorities say 24-year-old William Strength of Harvey was intoxicated Thursday night when he drove an excavator into the Harvey Canal.