St. Landry

Jul 3, 2013 3:53 PM by Ian Auzenne

Police: Woman sped off with officer in car

An Opelousas woman is behind bars after she allegedly led police on a chase after speeding off while a cop was searching her car.

Denada Bunton is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and aggravated flight.

According to Opelousas police, the incident took place after an officer pulled over Bunton for a traffic stop. They say an officer was leaning inside the car conducting a search when Bunton sped off, forcing the officer to jump out of the way. The officer was not injured.

Police say Bunton then led them on a chase down I-49, but she escaped after crossing into Lafayette Parish. She was later arrested at a Carencro restaurant.

Bunton remains in jail on a number of warrants in other jurisdictions.

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