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St. Martinville man booked with attempted murder, accused of striking victim with car

Hunter Bayard also is accused of hitting a building and running from police
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Posted at 5:14 PM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 18:20:33-04

A St. Martinville man has been booked with attempted murder by domestic violence and a number of other charges in connection with an incident last week.

Hunter Bayard, 27, has been booked with Attempted Second Degree Murder Involving Domestic Violence, aggravated criminal damage to property involving domestic violence, obstructing public roads, driving an unsafe vehicle, expired inspection sticker and driver's license, failure to report an accident. No bond has been set yet for his release. He remains in the St. Martin Parish jail this evening.

The incident happened on September 4 when a deputy was called to a report of a stalled car near Old Spanish Trail Highway in Cade. He found an empty vehicle with significant damage on it, and a man who said the car was his. The deputy learned the man had been involved in a domestic disturbance at a St. Martinville home earlier that day. Deputies learned the man allegedly hit the victim with his car, and attempted to run over the victim a second time. While he was trying to hit the victim again, he ran into a building at the home, causing severe damage. He then fled the scene and headed to New Iberia, where the car broke down, deputies say.

The victim, who sustained severe injuries, was transported to the hospital in a private vehicle before deputies arrived. While they were talking to the man, he suffered a medical emergency and was being transported to a Lafayette hospital when he fled again, this time on foot.

Deputies completed their investigation and obtained a warrant for Bayard, a spokeswoman said. He was arrested this morning without incident.