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Five Arrested After Pursuit with New Iberia Police and Other Agencies

On March 29, 2022, the New Iberia Police Department’s Direct Patrol Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of South Hopkins Street and Lombard Street.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit traveled south on Hopkins Street, crossing West Admiral Doyle Drive onto Louisiana Highway 675, where it continued to travel south on Louisiana Highway 675 before traveling west on U.S. Highway 90.

Once the pursuit reached U.S. Highway 90 and Albertsons Parkway in Broussard, the driver of the vehicle lost control and crashed into a bridge support. The vehicle came to rest and five individuals exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

All five individuals were apprehended without incident.

At the conclusion of the investigation, three firearms and suspected marijuana were recovered.

The New Iberia Police Department would like to thank Louisiana State Police, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Broussard Police Department for their assistance in apprehending the individuals.

The following individuals were arrested:

Ronald Absent – 19 years old

Illegal Window Tint

Aggravated Flight from an Officer

Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway

Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm

Resisting an Officer

Denitrell Johnlewis – 22 years old

Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance

Resisting an Officer

Dontre Colbert – 20 years old

Resisting an Officer

Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance

Illegal Carrying of Weapons

Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Substance

Spencer Brown – 21 years old

Resisting an Officer

Illegal Carrying of Weapons

Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance

Devontre Phillips – 22 years old

Resisting an Officer

Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance

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