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Lafayette burglar crashes vehicle in Baton Rouge after high speed chase

Photo provided by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 4:33pm

A man wanted for burglarizing a home in Lafayette was captured after he crashed his vehicle in Baton Rouge while attempting to flee from authorities.

The Lafayette Police Department reports that the burglary happened at 10:26 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. When deputies arrived to the home located in the 3600 block of Golen Grain Road, they spotted the suspect’s vehicle driving away.

“The suspect refused to stop for pursing deputies and reach speeds up to 115 miles per hour,” Cpt. Kip Judice, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, said. “Based on the road conditions on S. Fieldspan, the amount of traffic on the roadway and the speeds of the suspect vehicle, deputies terminated the pursuit.”

The victim told deputies that handgun was among the items stolen during the burglary.

An alert (BOLO) was distributed to various law enforcement agencies. Shortly before 3:00 p.m., a deputy with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spotted the vehicle.

The suspect continued across the Mississippi River Bridge, but crashed his vehicle again once he entered Baton Rouge.

“He got trapped between two 18-wheelers,” Sheriff Cazes said. “After he crashed, he got out the car and took off running.”

After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect, Damon Henderson, 38, of Lafayette, was placed under arrest. The Baton Rouge Police Department took him into custody and transported him to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Officials say Henderson will face charges in Lafayette Parish, Acadia Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, and East Baton Rouge Parish. He is expected to be transported back to Lafayette once he is released from the hospital.

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