St. Landry

Feb 4, 2014 9:37 PM by KATC

Suspects Arrested in I-49 High Speed Chase

The Opelousas Police Department's Crime Suppression Team was conducting surveillance on East South St. in Opelousas when they approached a 2002 white dodge pickup truck being driven by Chad "Nash" Thomas of Opelousas.

Police say, Thomas is known as a major drug dealer, known to carry weapons.

Officers say Thomas rammed a police vehicle and sped away. The pursuit went through the city of Opelousas to I-49 South. Police units with Sunset, Grand Coteau, Carencro, Louisiana State Police, and the Lafayette Sherrif's Office pursued the vehicle in an attempt to stop him. Opelousas Police say Thomas traveled well over 100mph South on I-49 then North on I-49 to Sunset, then back to I-49 South towards Lafayette. About 20 police officers surrounded Thomas's vehicle on the I-49 Service Road,  just north of Exit 4 in Carencro. Thomas was taken into custody along with his female passenger. Both were transported to the Lafayette Parish jail where Thomas will be booked for Agg. Flight from an Officer, along with numerous traffic offenses. Thomas and his passenger will then be transported back to Opelousas to face charges.

Opelousas Police Cheif Perry Gallow says, "I want to thank the agencies that participated in apprehending Chad "Nash" Thomas who showed no regard for the lives of the many motorist in the city of Opel as well as I-49."



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