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Three arrested, drugs seized after high-speed chase

Posted: 3:40 PM, Jun 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-03 16:41:39-04

Three men were arrested Sunday afternoon following a high-speed chase in Iberia Parish.

Deputies say they tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, but the driver failed to stop and led deputies on a high-speed pursuit at speeds up to 90 mph.

After ten minutes deputies used the PIT maneuver to end the chase on Bayou Side Road. The PIT maneuver, or Pursuit Intervention Technique, is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to turn sideways abruptly, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

The vehicle spun out in a cane field and the three occupants fled, but were later captured hiding in the cane field, deputies say.

Deputies allegedly found marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, a loaded firearm and more than $2,000 inside the vehicle. Deputies also recovered two loaded firearms that the passengers allegedly threw from the vehicle during the pursuit.

Antre Joseph, 25, the driver, and two passengers, Javontrae Richard, 21, and Bazil Lancelin, 22, were booked into the Iberia Parish Jail. No bond has been set for any of them yet.

Joseph was booked with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and II drugs, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in the presence of drugs, running  stop sign, running a red light, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage and a parole violation.

Richard was booked with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and II drugs, possession of money derived from drug sales, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in the presence of drugs, and flight from an officer.

Lancelin was booked with simple battery, simple criminal damage to property, bench warrant from Lafayette, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and II drugs, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in the presence of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lafayette court records show Lancelin was charged by prosecutors with vehicle burglary and possession of marijuana back in October 2017. He was scheduled for a pretrial hearing in March 2018 but didn’t show up. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest, and he forfeited his bond of $12,000, records show.