Jul 30, 2010 7:14 PM
37-year-old Paul Stanley Collins is now behind bars after leading police on a 24-hour manhunt in Iberia Parish.
A tracking team found Collins at around 9:30 Friday morning. When they found him, Iberia Parish Deputies say he was dehydrated and naked.
Throughout the night and into the morning police searching for Collins in the sugar cane found articles of clothing alongside bare footprints in the mud.
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal says he's pleased with a peaceful outcome.
"We got some information from family that said he's not going back to jail," Ackal said. "That meant one of two things- either he's going to shoot it out with police or he's going to take his own life."
The cost, however, is going to be worse than they anticipated.
"The man-power on overtime- that's where they'll hit me hard," Ackal said. "That'll run us in the thousands- probably about 50-thousand."
That's just the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department over the 24-hour chase.
Other agencies include but not limited to:
State Police, US Marshals, St. Martinville Police, Terrebonne Parish Deputies and Vermilion Parish Deputies.
In addition to financial frustrations... as of Friday afternoon, the St. Martin Parish Jail would not accept Collins as an inmate.
Iberia Parish Deputies say they were told Collins first needs to be checked-out for medical concerns.
Collins was looked at by paramedics on the scene of the arrest where it was determined he suffered minor dehydration.
Collins will be held at the St. Martinville Police Department until further notice from the Parish jail.
Sheriff Deputies say that murder suspect, Paul Collins, has been caught. We will have more information as soon as it becomes available.
We are now 20 hours into the manhunt taking place in New Iberia. New Iberia Sheriff's department says they have set up a tight perimeter and think they have the area secure. a command center has been set up on Admiral Doyle and Landry. Lt. Ryan Turner said if anyone sees the suspect they should call the Sheriff's Office at (337)369-3711. Earlier this morning Lt. Turner said that an Angola Crew did pick up on his trail. Several different agent are working this case. Updates will be provided throughout the day as we recieve them.
Iberia Parish deputies are searching for a murder suspect out of St. Martin Parish right now. Part of Admiral Doyle is blocked off and there is a plane and helicopter searching. State Troopers, Iberia Parish deputies and U.S. Marshalls are working the scene. The suspect is identified as Paul Collins. He's accused of killing his ex-wife earlier this month. The suspect's stolen New Orleans silver SUV has been located. KATC's Shawn Kline & Carolyn Cerda are there and will post more information to katc.com as soon as it becomes available.