Truck found submerged in Morgan City pond, Franklin man arrested; investigation ongoing
MORGAN CITY, La.— A pickup truck was found submerged in a pond this morning on the undeveloped Hellenic property at Veterans Boulevard and Brashear Avenue.
A 34-year-old Franklin man was arrested this afternoon after he was found to have driven the truck into the water, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said.
Shawn P. Boudreaux, 34, of Martin Street in Franklin, was charged with unauthorized use of a movable vehicle with a value more than $10,000, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and criminal trespass. Boudreaux is being held with no bail set yet.
Boudreaux called his father around 2 a.m. today and told him that the truck had gotten stuck in a pond on the Hellenic property off of Veterans Boulevard in Morgan City, his mother and owner of the truck, Kathy Meranta of Centerville, said.
Boudreaux took his relatives’ truck without permission, Crouch said.
Crouch said police got a call this morning from the Boudreaux’s brother who said he thought the truck was submerged. The truck was a Sierra 4x4 2500HD GMC.
Crouch called the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and detectives division to come to the scene to make sure no one else was in the vehicle. No one was found inside the vehicle, and the truck was totaled, Crouch said.
Because Boudreaux was hiding from police, Crouch said. Crouch was hoping there was not a body in the truck. The truck was submerged in about 13 feet of water, he said.
A diver with the sheriff’s office marine division dove in this afternoon to make sure there was no one inside.
Crouch thanked the sheriff’s office for its assistance with its dive team and marine division. “This is how communities work together,” Crouch said. “We rely on each other every day, and this is a perfect example of how good we work together.”
Boudreaux’s family called Rick’s Auto Salvage to help remove the truck from the pond, Crouch said.