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Lafayette motorists relay scary experience on Ambassador Caffery over weekend

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 23:56:00-04

KATC is getting answers about Facebook posts being shared involving a white van and alleged acts of violence along Ambassador Caffery.

We spoke with the woman who says the driver of a white van with no license plates tried to run her off the road. She says that while traveling on Ambassador, a white van exited a neary parking lot, took up both lanes, and did not move. After tapping on her horn, the van moved and allowed her to pass, but she says he then reversed and started chasing after her vehicle. She was chased down Ambassador, past Dulles, and they tried to hit her car. In her Facebook post, she said she was "going about 75-80 on Ambassador" during the incident while trying to get away.

"The van got on the side of us, he kept throwing his vehicle into my lane," she adds. After the vehicles reached the area of Ambasssador and Bertrand, the driver of the van allegedly made a u-turn and "came back head on for us." A witness then exited his vehicle to help, and the two drove to a safe place.

A witness we spoke to confirmed what happened, saying he called 911 to report it and stopped to help.

Devinn Jagneaux tells us that on Sunday, August 16, at around 11:30 p.m., he noticed a van stopped in the middle of the road near Ambassador and Dulles. He pulled up and motioned to the driver to get into their lane and exchanged words, but they didn't move. Shortly after continuing down Ambassador, he noticed a vehicle speeding down the road and the van following behind. He initially thought the vehicle belonged to a friend, so he tried to catch up to it, but says he then noticed the van swerving "to hit the vehicle multiple times" until the driver of the vehicle spun out near Bertrand.

The witness pulled over and got out of his vehicle to help, and then the driver of the van made a u-turn to come in their direction, but drove right past them. The witness and the victim then drove to a grocery store in Scott to call police.

"Her husband contacted me the next day thanking me, and so did all of her family," said Jagneaux. "Honestly, it's not heroism. It's something I felt the need to help with. No matter what it is, it's a person in danger."

Lafayette Police tell us they did get a report and they are working to get us details. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office say they recently pulled over a white van with no license plate on Eraste Landry Road, but found nothing suspicious. State Police tell us they haven't received any complaints.

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