Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Raceland man who drove his vehicle into Bayou Lafourche in an attempt to evade deputies. David Matherne (27, W/M) faces several charges following the incident.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13, deputies responded to a theft complaint in Raceland. Through investigation of the incident, deputies learned David Matherne was outside his residence speaking to another man when Matherne became angry and allegedly grabbed the man’s cell phone and wallet. Matherne then allegedly threw one of the items to the ground, poured gasoline on top of it and set it ablaze. The other man went back to his home on Danos Street to contact the Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident.
Less than an hour later, Matherne arrived on Danos Street to confront the other man in his truck at the other man’s house on Danos Street. Deputies gave several orders for Matherne to exit the vehicle, but Matherne refused, and eventually began driving away from the scene toward LA Highway 1 at a high rate of speed. When Matherne arrived at the intersection with the highway, he continued forward at a high rate of speed, smashing into several objects as well as a shed on the opposite side of LA 1, and then crashing into Bayou Lafourche. Rescue units and Water Patrol deputies were called to the scene to assist as deputies observed Matherne exit the vehicle and begin to swim away from the scene in an attempt to avoid arrest. Matherne eventually climbed out of the bayou and began running on foot, but deputies caught up to him and he was taken into custody without further incident. He was initially transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries sustained in the crash.
Following treatment at the hospital, Matherne was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Felony Theft, and two counts of Simple Criminal Damage to Property, one of which was a felony charge. He is currently being held in lieu of $36,000 bond as set by Judge John E. Leblanc and he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Matherne’s criminal history dates back to 2007 and includes 10 prior arrests in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes for charges including armed robbery, varying degrees of assault and battery, and drug charges.