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Reckless driving suspect flees crash scene with his pit pull in Duson

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DUSON, La. (KLFY)- Two suspects are in custody after a high-speed chase through Lafayette and Acadia parishes.

According to the Duson Police Department, at about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Duson Police attempted to stop a reckless driver on Austria Road.

“Once officers initiated the emergency lights the vehicle began to speed up in excess of 100 miles per hour and continued north on the Mire Highway through the Mire community heading toward Church Point,” Duson Police Chief Kip Judice said.

Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police assisted in the pursuit.  

The driver ended up losing control of the vehicle on La. Hwy. 1098 and hit a tree, authorities said,

“The officer reported one male driver fleeing the scene on foot along with a pit bull dog,” Judice said.

  A passenger also attempted to flee the scene but was injured and unable to get away.

The passenger was identified as Thomas Murphy, 29, of Eunice. He was wanted for failure to appear on bank fraud charges out of Acadia Parish.

 While working the crash scene and attempting to locate the driver, a resident on Ozark Road in Mire reported to Acadia Parish 911 that a “Hispanic looking male wearing only boxer shorts had entered their home explaining that he needed help because he was being chased by the police,” Judice said.

One of the residents called 911 while a male resident pushed the man out of his home, neighbors joined in, and the Hispanic male fled on foot heading south through a field.   

Deputies from the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office located the man, who was identified as Emmanuel “Noah” Sorcia, 20, of Eunice, 

“Sorcia was slightly injured from the crash and was taken into custody by the Duson Police,” Judice said. 

Both men were taken to a local hospital and later released for booking. 

Murphy was charged with one bench warrant for failure to appear in a bank fraud case.   

Sorcia was charged with aggravated flight from an officer by the Duson Police.

Sorcia also faces additional charges from Louisiana State Police for hit and run driving and from the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office for unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling.    

Investigation is continuing by the Duson Police Department.

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