In the early morning hours of Saturday (Dec. 7), the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified that an individual, later identified as Joel Evans Cairns (DOB 6/19/1988), wished to surrender himself to deputies in reference to the hit and run crash being actively investigated by the STPSO.
Cairns, a Mandeville-area resident, was taken into custody without incident and later booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:
2 Counts of L.R.S. 14:100 (Felony Hit And Run)
1 Count of L.R.S. 32:58 (Careless Operation)
1 Count of L.R.S. 32: 415 (Driving Under Suspension)
The investigation remains ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a hit and run crash involving two juveniles on a bicycle.
Shortly after 5:30pm Friday Dec. 6) STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Beau Chene Drive and Oak Drive, in the Beau Chene subdivision in Mandeville in reference to a crash involving an SUV and bicycle travelling with two (2) juveniles.
The vehicle struck the juveniles who were riding together on a single bicycle. A 13-year-old female and a 6-year -old male were transported to a local-area hospital. The 13-year-old sustained non-life threatening injuries and the 6-year-old was airlifted to a Southshore hospital in critical condition.
STPSO deputies are canvassing the area in an effort to locate the SUV and its driver. The vehicle has been described as a dark-colored SUV being operated by a young white male. Evidence recovered from the scene indicates the SUV sustained damage to the front passenger side and possibly the front bumper.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the STSPO at (985)898-2338.