Wrecked Vette Wednesday: NOLA Police Pull Corvette from Bayou

The Big Easy is a place where people come from near and far to leave their worries (and sometimes, morals) behind. In popular culture, it’s a fantasyland of public intoxication, nudity, and general discord, especially since Hurricane Katrina left much of New Orleans underwater. The city is still a long way from completely recovering, and the city’s network of bayous and waterways remain a popular dumping ground for everything from lawn refuse to bodies.

We may never know why or how this C5 Corvette ended up at the bottom of Bayou St. John, but the Times-Picayune reports that New Orleans police pulled the Chevy sports car out of the water with little info on how it ended up there, or why.

More likely than not this was a car heist or joyride gone bad, and the inexperienced criminal simply couldn’t handle the high-powered Corvette. While some of us may be jaded enough to think 350 horsepower isn’t “that much,” to the average driver who has only ever driven a Honda Civic, LS power must seem like the end of the world. It’s very easy to lose control of a Corvette if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Add to that a number of canals and bayous that intersect many parts of New Orleans, many of which feature steep declines straight into the water, and you have a recipe for disaster. Witnesses whom the police interviewed said that a man who claims to have been driving the Corvette emerged from the water a short time later before fleeing the scene. Because that doesn’t sound suspicious…

Just another water-wrecked Corvette from down N’Orleans way.

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Chris Demorro

Christopher DeMorro is a freelance writer and journalist from Connecticut with two passions in life; writing and anything with an engine.
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