Bogalusa man fled traffic stop, was later arrested in Mississippi

Published 4:08 am Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Deputies with the Lamar County (Miss.) Sheriff’s Office successfully apprehended a Bogalusa man Monday, after a three-county car chase.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said that Matthew Swindle, 21, of Bogalusa, was taken into custody by Purvis, Miss., police officers at 9:20 a.m. Monday. Rigel said that Swindle was arrested after a scuffle with officers near U.S. Highway 11.

Officers with the Bogalusa Police Department initially attempted to stop Matthew Swindle, 21, of Bogalusa, during a traffic stop Sunday. Swindle then fled across the Mississippi state line and the chase went through Pearl River County, Stone County and into Lamar County.

Swindle reportedly left his vehicle behind and ran into a wooded area near Highway 11 south of Purvis, and was last seen wearing just his boxer shorts.

Rigel said that when Swindle was arrested Monday, he was wearing clothes that he had likely purchased from a local store.

Rigel said that Swindle is facing a charge of felony-simple assault on a police officer from the Purvis Police Department. He is also expected to face felony-eluding charges from the BPD.