UPDATE: 44-year-old Billy Joe Hanks was arrested inside a hotel room in Lafayette after a tip given to Youngsville Police was relayed to the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office assisted Acadia Parish deputies in the arrest.


A Crowley man, who escaped a police pursuit by swimming across a bayou, is still on the run.

Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson says 44-year-old Billy Joe Hanks led deputies on a high speed chase before getting out of his vehicle and getting away through the water. Sheriff Gibson says Hanks later stole a John Deere Tractor from a nearby farmer.

Fortunately, the tractor was recovered the next day.

Hanks is described as a white male, 6'1" and 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and his last known address is 206 Blue Bonnet Drive in Crowley.

Hanks is wanted for Felony Theft, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Criminal Damage to Property and Criminal Trespassing.

If you have any information regarding Billy Hanks' whereabouts, you're urged to call the tips line at 789-TIPS or download the P3 app.

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