Burglar driving stolen vehicle crashes, runs from deputies

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 3:30pm

Following a man hunt earlier today, authorities in Acadia Parish arrested Dustin Simon, 27, of Valton Castille Lane, Church Point.

According to Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon on Tuesday evening around 10:00 p.m. his office received a report that a Polaris Ranger and other items had been taken from a residence located in the 12000 block of the Branch Hwy near Church Point. A short time later, deputies received another call from a witness that reported seeing the suspect flee on foot after crashing the stolen Polaris on Beatrice Road near Branch.

Simon was taken into custody around 8:38 a.m. and was transported to the Acadia Parish Jail where he is being charged with simple burglary, felony theft; aggravated flight from an officer; possession of klonopin; possession of valium and possession of subutex. No bond has been set.

Sheriff Wayne thanked area farmers for assisting deputies and providing 4 wheelers.

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