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New details on St. Landry Parish high speed chase, multiple police vehicles damaged in crash

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 16:12:27-05

OPELOUSAS, La.  — UPDATE 3:03 p.m.:

The Opelousas Police Department has announced updated charges for Rebekah Amber Ndubusisi:

  1. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  2. Aggravated flight from an officer
  3. 4 counts of aggravated criminal damage to Property

Ndubusisi has been booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail and is awaiting a bond hearing.

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New details have been released following a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle in St. Landry Parish. One officer did discharge their weapon, but no injuries were reported.

At 10:21 A.M. on Thursday, Opelousas Police say they responded to a call of a stolen vehicle reported from Dominique’s Financial in the 1100 block of N. Main St. in Opelousas. We're told the car was stolen while being detailed. Officers were then told that the business owner spotted the vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate-49, according to Major Mark Guidry, spokesperson for the Opelousas Police Department.

The driver of the vehicle, who has now been identified as 27-year-old Rebekah Amber Ndubusisi of Baton Rouge, allegedly led officers on a high-speed pursuit and struck several police units.

Louisiana State Police, Grand Coteau Police, and the Sunset Police Department aided in the pursuit.

An officer with the Grand Coteau Police Department did discharge a firearm during the incident, investigators say. That portion of the investigation was refereed to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office because the pursuit at that point had crossed into Lafayette Parish.

The pursuit ended back in the City of Opelousas as Ndubssisis reportedly traveled back up I-49 northbound, but traveling in the southbound lanes of travel, Guidry stated. Officers had to shut traffic down on I-49 southbound for several minutes to attempt to avoid any crashes with others traveling in the southbound lanes.

No serious injuries were reported. Several police units received minor to moderate damage.

Ndubuisi was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.

Police tell us Ndubusisi had been in contact with Opelousas officers the day before. She was allegedly found sleeping in a vehicle along with three small children early Wednesday morning, according to the spokesperson. The children were released to another family member after the Office of Child Protective Services were notified. Investigators say she was released from medical care Wednesday night.

Ndubusisi is facing more criminal charges once released from medical care.

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