Man arrested for theft following single-vehicle crash; 5-year-old injured

Man arrested for theft following single-vehicle crash; 5-year-old injured
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POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 4:34pm

A Bunkie man is in the St. Landry Parish Jail for felony theft charges and child endangerment following a crash on LA Highway745 near LA Highway 10 north of Washington.

On September 18, State Troopers investigated a single-vehicle crash on LA Highway 745. The Dodge Ram in the crash was suspected of being used in a nearby theft which had just occurred.

The driver, Jace Deshotels, 32, of Bunkie, traveled off the road into a ditch while trying to flee the scene where the theft occurred.

During the investigation, Troopers were able to determine that Deshotels had just taken two generators and a pressure washer from a nearby residence. The items, which were valued at over $3000.00, were recovered near Deshotels vehicle.

Deshotels was not injured in the crash; however, a five-year-old child who was with him during the incidents did sustain minor injuries.

Deshotels was arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail for Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, Theft Over $1000, Criminal Trespass, Child Endangerment and an active warrant from Lafayette Police for Theft Over $5000.

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