POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 1:20pm
BROUSSARD, LA (NBC33) — A man who stole three birds from the Zoo of Acadiana died after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed while attempting to outrun police.
The Broussard Police Department reports that officers were dispatched to the zoo at roughly 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10 in reference to a burglary in progress. When officers arrived they noticed a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.
Officers followed the fleeing vehicle but lost sight of the car after it crossed the railroad tracks. Shortly thereafter dispatchers notified officers about a nearby crash.
The single vehicle crash involved the vehicle officers were pursuing. The 2011 BMW SUV was smashed into a group of trees and was on fire. The driver, Yongcun Su, 35, of New Iberia, had been ejected from the car and was found lying on the ground.
Emergency responders took Su to the hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.
Investigators determined that Su was the burglary suspect responsible for stealing the birds from the veterinary clinic portion of the zoo. One of the two birds was located and was turned over to the zoo. They also recovered a handgun and a large amount of cash from the car.
A toxicology test is being performed to determine whether Su was impaired.