Man accused of stealing company truck, driving it into bayou

A Prairieville man driving a truck stolen from a local company was arrested Thursday after he drove the truck into a bayou while trying to escape a deputy pursuing him, an Ascension Parish official said.

Deputies responded to a call Thursday morning from CB&I, a design and construction firm at 36443 Perkins Road in Prairieville, where signs of a burglary had been found, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

A 2010 white Chevy Colorado truck was missing from the property, with signs that it had been driven through a fence, and two other vehicles on the property had been entered, though nothing was taken, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A short time later, a deputy not working on the case noticed a man with no shirt on driving a CB&I truck, which the deputy thought was unusual, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said. He turned his vehicle around in order to stop the truck.

The driver of the truck drove off the road and into Bayou Manchac, Bacala said.

Seth Falcon, 27, 15114 Daigle Road, Prairieville, was booked on two counts of simple vehicle burglary; simple burglary; theft of a motor vehicle over $1,500; simple criminal damage to property less than $500; theft less than $500; resisting an officer; simple criminal damage to property between $500 and $50,000; illegal possession of stolen things over $1,500; and fugitive from another agency.

Falcon was booked into Ascension Parish Jail, where bail is yet to be set.

The CB&I truck was recovered from the water, according to the Sheriff’s Office.