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July 19 10:07 AM

Woman arrested for driving stolen trailer into lake


Caddo Sheriff’s Office

An Ida, La., woman was arrested by Caddo sheriff’s deputies for allegedly driving a stolen travel trailer into a lake and then swimming away in the dark.

Sarah Jane Bridges, 27, turned herself in last Thursday, July 11, after she was identified as a possible suspect during an investigation by Sheriff’s Detective Michael Price. On July 4, at about 2:30 p.m., Cpl. William Manchester was traveling northbound on Highway 1 in Vivian when he spotted a Dodge pickup pulling a travel trailer with no lights.

Deputy Manchester attempted to stop the vehicle using his emergency lights and siren, but the driver refused to stop.

The driver swerved back and forth into the oncoming lane on Mira Myrtis Road and then pulled into Noah Tyson Park, where they struck several trees and a barbecue grill and left the roadway several times while driving in the grass.

The driver then drove the truck and trailer off the boat ramp into the water and escaped into Black Bayou.

Deputies said the truck was reported stolen in April. The travel trailer had just been stolen from a Vivian business when it was spotted by Cpl. Manchester.

Bridges turned herself in and was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center by Detective Price on a charge of felony theft of the trailer (valued at over $8,000), aggravated flight from an officer and hit-and-run driving.

Additional charges could be filed against Bridges in connection with the stolen truck.

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