DUSON- Early this morning, Duson police assisted with two vehicle pursuits. Both pursuits originated in Acadia Parish and both ended just outside the Duson Town Limits.
According to reports, at approximately 5:20 a.m. Duson Police were alerted by the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office of a pursuit on I-10 east bound from the Rayne area. Duson Police engaged the pursuit which was already fleeing from Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Deputies at the Duson Exit.
The vehicle then traveled off of I-10 onto LA Hwy 95 north to Mire before doubling back to Duson via LA Hwy 343 heading south into Lafayette Parish onto Ridge Road and then Lagneaux Road before ending in the back yard of a home on Harlow Street in Lafayette Parish just outside of Duson.
This pursuit ended at 5:36 AM with the 14-year-old juvenile driver being taken into custody, it was learned through investigation that the child was attempting to run away from home and had taken a relatives work truck without any consent. The juvenile has been booked at the Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Center, where he will face a multitude of charges in multiple jurisdictions. Agencies involved in this pursuit included the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Duson Police and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The second vehicle pursuit started around 7:37 a.m. Duson Police and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Deputies engaged in a pursuit entering Lafayette Parish/Duson via US Hwy 90 (Cameron Street) already being pursued for over 20 miles by Estherwood and Crowley Police heading east.
The vehicle was being sought by Estherwood Police for a variety of traffic related charges and failed to pull over, fleeing at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, the vehicle continued east through Duson until reaching Jenkins Road where the vehicle stopped and two men were taken into custody.
Duson Police booked 68-year-old, Rodney Lee Carter (driver) and 43-year-old, Corey Joseph White (Passenger) both from Georgia into the Lafayette Parish Jail where they are being held for Acadia Parish authorities for charges arising there.
A small amount of illegal drugs were recovered from the vehicle and it was later learned that Carter had taken the car from Georgia without the consent of his elderly mother who had been hospitalized with a broken hip. This Pursuit involved Estherwood, Crowley, and Duson Police and the Acadia and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and ended at 7:41 AM.