Evans residents asked to be on alert for suspect on the run

Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 10:32 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2023 at 9:38 PM CST
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EVANS, La. (KALB/KPLC) - A suspect who ran on foot after crashing during a multi-parish police chase still has not been found, authorities said.

Authorities continue to urge residents in the Evans area to remain vigilant.

The chase began Thursday morning after the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office located a stolen Ford F250 in Merryville via tracking software, according to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Merryville police tried to stop the truck, and the driver led officers on a chase northbound on Hwy. 111 into Vernon Parish, according to BPSO.

Both the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office (VPSO) and BPSO began searching for the suspect after he crashed behind Hearts United Christian Fellowship Church on Hwy. 111 in Evans.

The suspect then ran off, according to VPSO. Authorities used dogs to try to track him, but he was not found and the search was suspended Thursday afternoon.

The suspect is described a white male around 5-foot-9, and was wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored hoodie. He was last seen south of the Evans Post Office.

“Deputies are remaining out there and being vigilant, riding the roadways, riding all the secondary roads just to see if we can spot an individual or spot a vehicle, and we’ll continue this throughout the night,” said Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. “So that way you know we can keep a hand on it. We make sure our local school was safe with some additional deputies in addition to the SRO [school resource officer] that was on duty today.”

He asked residents to call 337-238-1311 if they observe any suspicious persons in the area.

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