A man from Texas and a teenager from Louisiana were taken into custody on Thursday in Laplace after police say they led the pair on a pursuit that ended with the man jumping into a canal. Both were driving stolen vehicles.
The incident occurred when officers were told about the stolen vehicle in the vicinity of Belle Terre Boulevard and Madewood Drive in Belle Terre, Florida. The car was driving south toward Airline Highway when officers tried to pull the driver over.
The deputies with the St. John Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, the driver, identified as Demaurien Taylor, 21, from North Richland Hills, Texas, refused to stop after being pulled over. Taylor led them on a high-speed chase down Airline Highway before the car turned onto Jacob Drive.
At that time, deputies say Taylor and another girl who was 15 years old got out of the vehicle. According to the sheriff, the young man hails from the Texas town of East Canton. The sheriff said Taylor and the teen ran into the swamp. The juvenile was apprehended close to a canal, but Taylor had to be pulled from the water before he could be taken into custody.
“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 in an issued statement. “This provided the safest, most expedient method for getting him out of the water, off the street and into custody.”
The juvenile is being charged with fleeing and resisting an officer by fleeing, respectively. She is currently detained by law enforcement.
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Taylor is being charged with a felony for contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, a felony for contributing to the delinquency of others, a felony for illegal possession of the stolen property, and a felony for resisting an officer by flight. Both of these charges are felonies.
Taylor is currently being held in custody with a bond set at $26,500.