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Lawtell man arrested after scuffle with deputy

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office says that a Lawtell man is facing felony charges following a scuffle with a sheriff's deputy. 

According to Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, on November 3, 2017, a sheriff's deputy responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at the Gold Rush Casino in Opelousas. A caller reported that there was a suspicious white pick-up truck in the casino's parking lot. Shortly after, the vehicle fled the scene and was later seen at another casino in the area. 

A deputy reported that he noticed the driver of the white pickup make an illegal u-turn leaving the casino parking lot and initiated a traffic stop. The driver allegedly failed to stop, causing a chase which led to the suspect losing control of his vehicle and crashing. The suspect then fled towards the wood line. 

The deputy gave chase and was able to catch the driver, identified as 20-year-old Brisen James Ryder of Lawtell. Ryder allegedly tried to forcibly resist arrest and began punching the deputy, a press release states. During the struggle with the deputy, Ryder also allegedly tried to remove the deputies pepper spray but was able to remove an ammo magazine from the deputy's weapon. 

After regaining control, the deputy began to struggle with Ryder again, at which time the deputy was struck in the head with a stick, according to the release. Ryder then began to allegedly choke the deputy while he was down. The release says that Ryder stated "if you stop trying to kill me, I'll stop trying to kill you," After that time, the deputy was able to distance himself from Ryder drawing his weapon in the process. 

Ryder then allegedly ran into the woods; the deputy was reportedly not physically able to give chase. 

Additional deputies as well as outside officers arrived and tried to locate Ryder but were unable to.  The deputy was transported to an area hospital in Lafayette for medical treatment.

 St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip that Ryder was hiding on Kirtley Drive in Washington and he was apprehended inside the home.       

Ryder is charged with the following:

  • Aggravated Flight from an Officer (Felony)
  • Resisting an Officer with violence (Felony)
  • Battery of a Police Officer (Felony)
  • Disarming of a Police Officer (Felony)

His bond is set at $27,500  

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