Boy, high on drugs, leads troopers on car chase in Opelousas, State Police reports

Authorities chased a stolen vehicle around St. Landry Parish on Thursday morning until it crashed in a parking lot, only to find out the driver was a 14-year-old boy high on drugs, State Police said in a news release.

The chase began about 8:40 a.m. as State Police troopers and Opelousas police pursued a stolen vehicle, said Trooper 1st Class Stephen Hammons, a State Police spokesman, in a news release.

Authorities spotted the stolen vehicle, no description available, on Harry Guilbeau Road near Interstate 49. As they followed it onto La. 182 south of Opelousas, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop, Hammons said.

Police chased the vehicle north into Opelousas until it was driven through a ditch and crashed into a parked car in the Lowe’s parking lot near U.S. 190 and Interstate 49, Hammons said.

The driver, later identified as a 14-year-old boy, fled the crash scene but didn’t get far before he was shot with a stun gun and apprehended.

“Troopers also determined that he was under the influence of illegal narcotics,” Hammons said in the release.

The driver, whose identity was not released, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Center on counts of driving while intoxicated, resisting an officer, flight from an officer, driving without a driver’s license, careless operation, possession of stolen items and possession of tobacco, Hammons said.

Three minors riding with him were taken into custody and released to their parents, Hammons said.

The incident remains under investigation.