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Church Point man arrested after traffic stop turns into pursuit across several parishes

Courtesy St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office
Posted at 4:42 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 17:42:31-04

A Church Point man was arrested on Tuesday after a traffic stop turned into a pursuit across several parishes.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, September 24, a St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a passing motorcycle with no license plate.

The motorcycle failed to stop, and shortly after the pursuit began, the deputy observed the driver throw an object from his possession.

The pursuit continued for several miles through St. Martin, Lafayette, and St. Landry Parishes. The driver came to a stop in the 500 block of Martinez Street in St. Landry Parish.

The driver then fled on foot and after a short foot pursuit, a St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Deputy caught and arrested the driver, Maurice Henry, 45, of Church Point, in a field behind the residence.

After further investigation, the motorcycle was found to be unregistered and uninsured. Police also discovered the driver was driving with a suspended license that did not have a motorcycle endorsement.

Officers with the Breaux Bridge Police Department recovered the object that was thrown during the pursuit. Inside, they found a suspected meth pipe, a small clear plastic baggy containing meth, and a scale.

Henry was arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish Correctional Center. He was later moved to the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. He is booked on the following charges:

Display of Plate, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of Schedule II, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Insurance, Owner Failure to Secure Registration, Motorcycle Endorsement, and Suspended Driver's License.

Henry was also arrested on an active warrant for Lafayette Parish for Failure to Appear for trail for several traffic violations.