PIERRE PART — Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies rescued a man who had driven his car into a bayou, after one of them noticed a light shining from the water shortly after midnight Wednesday, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.
Deputy Kelli Matherne was making a routine check of businesses on Lee Drive in Pierre Part in the early hours of Thursday when she noticed the light coming from the bayou that runs through town and heard a person calling for help from the submerged vehicle.
Matherne went into the water and tried to break the windows. Another deputy, Larry Guillot, arrived, and together they broke the windshield and pulled the man to safety, Waguespack said.
The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken by ambulance to Assumption Community Hospital. A blood sample was taken, and results of a toxicology test are pending, Waguespack said in a news release.
Matherne, a patrol deputy who has been with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office for just under two years, also was treated at the hospital for cuts she suffered while breaking the glass, the sheriff said.