Opelousas man in custody after leading police on high speed chase, striking multiple vehicles

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Opelousas Police made an arrest after being led on a high speed chase through the southeastern portion of the city known as ‘The Hill.’

The driver of the vehicle, Javanta Thibodeaux, 23, of Opelousas, was taken into custody after a brief struggle with police.

That chase began after officers responded to a report of a stolent vehicle from an O’Rielly’s parking lot.

Police believe the vehicle is involved in several crashes after being taken from O’Reilly’s.

Major Mark Guidry says an officer saw the vehicle near Vincent St. & Laurent St., at which time the vehicle sped off recklessly and struck the officer’s police unit.

The vehicle would strike several other vehicles during the chase through the ‘the Hill,’ including another police unit, mailboxes and caused other property damage.

Guidry says the chase ended on Foster Street after the vehicle was disabled due to the damage it sustained in the chase.

Thibodeaux was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on the following charges:

  • UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE
  • HIT AND RUN
  • RECKLESS OPERATION OF A VEHICLE
  • STOP SIGNS AND YIELD SIGNS
  • AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
  • CARELESS OPERATION
  • FLIGHT FROM AN OFFICER; AGGRAVATED FLIGHT FROM OFF
  • DRIVER MUST BE LICENSED
  • POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE I DRUGS

Guidry says two officers received minor injuries, as well as one passenger, during the pursuit.

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