Man eluding cops for 48 months nabbed after hitching a ride

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A man on the run from a 2013 second degree battery charge was finally arrested Sunday after he flagged down the wrong car for a ride.

Jansen Simon was walking along LA Highway 182 in Raceland, Louisiana, after apparently being abandoned by friends with whom he was driving. In a fit of desperation, Jansen flagged down the next car which turned out to be a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Deputy vehicle.

In 2013, Simon struck a man with a hammer in a bar fight in Cut Off, Louisiana, and has since been fleeing an arrest warrant.

“Upon identifying Simon as the suspect, deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “He also had two outstanding warrants for contempt of court at that time.”

After picking up the stranded Simon, the deputy was able to make one of the easier arrests of his career.

“Simon was walking along LA Highway 182 in Raceland when he flagged a deputy to stop. Simon told the deputy he was traveling with friends when they left him on the side of the roadway. After verifying Simon’s identity, he was taken into custody,” the office reported.

Simon is being held without bond.

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