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High speed chase ends in crash on Interstate 10

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A high-speed chase on Interstate 10 that started in Iowa this afternoon ended in a crash near Duson. 

Iowa Police Chief Keith Vincent said that Ashley Dejean, 32, of Breaux Bridge, was arrested in connection with the incident. She was transported to a local hospital after the crash, he said. State Police say she sustained minor to moderate injuries. As of 6 p.m. she was still in the hospital, a spokesman said. 

She allegedly refused to stop for an Iowa Police officer, and took off, driving recklessly and at very high speeds. State Police put out a road spike to stop her; she veered to the right, lost control and hit a State Trooper's unit. Dejean's vehicle overturned and came to rest to the side of the road. She was wearing a seatbelt, troopers say. 

According to Vincent, the incident started in Iowa when a traffic officer tried to pull over the vehicle Dejean was driving. Instead of complying, he said, Dejean allegedly began to speed up, driving carelessly and recklessly. His officer followed her, he said. 

"We were hoping to stop her before she got to Lafayette, where there's all that construction," Vincent said. "That could have been catastrophic."

Vincent said his officers did issue a number of traffic citations to Dejean, but added that State Police are in charge of the investigation. He said none of his officers, and to his knowledge no other law enforcement officers, were injured in the pursuit. 

State Police say Dejean so far has been cited for Reckless Operation, Resisting by Flight, Possession of Stolen Car, numerous traffic related offenses and a warrant for Access Device Fraud. 

Additional charges are pending; there was substantial damage to the vehicle Dejean was driving, as well as a State Police unit, the spokesman said. 

The investigation is continuing. 

Dejean has a criminal record in Lafayette Parish, KATC Investigates has learned. 

In 2015, she was named in a bill of information accusing her of forgery, identity theft and theft of currency. She pleaded guilty to the forgery charge. 

Later that same year, she was named in a bill of information accusing her of possession of drug paraphernalia. She pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. 

In 2016, she was named in a bill of information accusing her of three counts of forgery, and one count of criminal trespassing. She pleaded guilty to the forgery charges, along with the forgery charge in the 2015 case, and was sentenced to three years in prison. 

Later that year, she was named in a bill of information accusing her of stealing items from Target in Lafayette. Court records indicate that she sent a letter to the judge, trying to plead guilty to that charge, while she was in prison. At that time, according to her letter, she was also serving a four-year prison sentence out of the 16th Judicial District Court. 

The 15th Judicial District Court rejected her attempt to plead guilty; it appears that the charge is still pending. 

The video above shows the suspect vehicle swerving along I-10 before exiting the roadway. Police follow the vehicle which then appears to continue through an intersection before taking an entrance ramp back on to I-10. 

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