At approximately 1021 A.M. Opelousas Police responded to a call of a stolen vehicle reported from Dominique’s Financial in the 1100 blk of N Main St. in Opelousas. While responding to the call officers were made aware that the business owner had spotted the vehicle traveling Northbound on Interstate-49. Officers proceeded to attempt and stop the vehicle and a pursuit was initiated after the vehicle failed to stop. The driver of the vehicle who has now been identified as Rebekah Amber Ndubusisi of Baton Rouge, La. led officers on an excessively high speed pursuit and struck several police units as officers were attempting to get the vehicle to come to a stop. Louisiana State Police, Grand Coteau Police, and the Sunset Police Department aided in the pursuit. An officer with the Grand Coteau Police Department did discharge a firearm during the engagement that portion of the investigation was refereed to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office as the pursuit at that point had crossed into Lafayette Parish. The pursuit ultimately ended back in the city of Opelousas as the driver traveled back up I-49 North Bound traveling in the South Bound lanes of travel. Officers had to shut traffic down on I-49 South Bound for several minutes to attempt and avoid any collisions with uninvolved South Bound Motorist. Fortunately no serious injury occurred to anyone involved in the pursuit. Several police units received minor to moderate damage. Ms. Ndubuisi was taken into custody and transported to a local Hospital for evaluation. Ms. Ndubusisi had been in contact with OPD officers on yesterday when she was found sleeping in a vehicle along with three small children early yesterday morning. The children were released to another family member after the Office of Child protective services were notified. It appears that Ms. Ndubusisi may have some mental health related issues. She was however released from medical care on last night. Ms. Ndubusisi is still being evaluated at this time and will face charges once released from medical care. Details on the initial vehicle theft was that Ms. Ndubusisi left in a vehicle that was being detailed at Dominique’s Financial. Charges will be forwarded when determined.
Charges for Rebekah Amber Ndubusisi as follows per Opelousas Police Department:
Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
Aggravated flight from an officer
4cts. of Aggravated criminal damage to Property
Ms. Ndubusisi was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail awaiting a bond hearing.