Duson Police assisted by Rayne, Crowley, Jennings and Gueydan Police, Jeff Davis and Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Offices and Louisiana State Police chased a vehicle for over 75 miles before apprehending the thief of a car from Broussard which occurred on June 28, 2021.
This pursuit was the third pursuit involving the stolen vehicle the two prior pursuits were terminated by police administrators due to public safety concerns after the offender rammed a Broussard Police Car and when the offender’s driving put undo risks to the traveling public.
“This pursuit was occurred in the most rural of areas with minimal traffic, good weather conditions and a support staff of Police and Dispatch Personnel that reduced the risks to the general public and officers,” Duson Police Chief Kip Judice said. Pursuits are inherently dangerous, but given the details associated with this specific case the totality of circumstances and the overall result, this pursuit was worth the risks. Judice praised the efforts of his officers as well as the many officers who supported the pursuit and assisted in intervention tactics including the Jennings Police who attempted Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), though it was unsuccessful the maneuver clearly had an impact on the behavior of the driver of the stolen vehicle. The Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Office was successful in deploying spike strips on LA Highway 91 south of Gueydan and the stolen vehicle’s right rear tire was punctured which caused the offender to drive off the road way into a crawfish field where the vehicle became immobile allowing officers to take the driver into custody.
This pursuit lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes and traveled from Duson through Rayne, Crowley, Jennings, and Gueydan; through four parishes; Lafayette, Acadia, Jeff Davis and Vermilion.
Chief Judice credits the performance of his officers along with the support from the assisting agencies and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Dispatch Center for the successful conclusion and apprehension of this suspect. Dispatchers were alerting officers of upcoming curves and T intersections using GPS data, in areas where the officers were unfamiliar with, officers from Jennings PD for the PIT attempt and the deputies from Vermillion Parish who successfully deployed spike strips. Every one of these partners were instrumental in the safe and successful conclusion of this incident.
Arrested was Terrance Charles 18 of Broussard, he was charged with possession of stolen property and aggravated flight from an officer. Additional charges are pending by Broussard Police.