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Jul 2, 2014 11:38 AM by KATC

Crowley man accused of stealing Mermentau police car

A Crowley man is behind bars in Calcasieu Parish after allegedly stealing a police car from the Mermentau Police Department.

Lake Charles Deputy Police Chief Mark Kraus said Lake Charles police officers responded around 12:30 p.m. Sunday to a stolen police car entering the city limits.

He said officers arrived at I-10 and Enterprise Boulevard and found a stolen unit driving with its lights and sirens turned on.

Two State Police units were pursuing the stolen police car. The driver, 38-year-old Russel Shane Darbone of Crowley, refused to stop, Kraus said.

Lake Charles police officers joined the pursuit and were able to stop Darbone on I-10 at mile marker 29.

Darbone was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail for illegal possession of stolen things.

He was still in custody as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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