Louisiana’s fugitive unit makes 900th arrest

A man wanted by East Feliciana Parish authorities on a vehicular homicide indictment became on Monday the 900th person arrested by a unit of the state Attorney General’s Office that looks for fugitives.

Investigators with the Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Derrick D. Daniel, 38, in the Zachary area and booked him at the East Feliciana Parish Jail, a news release from Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office says.

East Feliciana sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Garig said Daniel was being held Tuesday in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Daniel, 9460 Pride-Port Hudson Road, was named in an indictment returned May 7 by an East Feliciana Parish grand jury investigating the Nov. 17 death of Kenneth Taylor Jr., 33, of Baton Rouge.

Garig said sheriff’s deputies had been unable to find Daniel since the grand jury reported on the case.

State Police said Taylor was a passenger in Daniel’s car, which struck a pickup driven by Reggie Wayne Gross Jr., 37, 12725 Gross Road, Clinton, on La. 67 about 5 miles south of Clinton.

The grand jury also charged Gross with first-offense driving while intoxicated.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell formed the special unit in 2008 to assist local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with locating and apprehending fugitives.