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Person sought after chase caught during lunch break

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GROSSE TETE - Authorities said a third person missing after a police chase early Thursday morning in Iberville Parish walked out of the bayou and right into the arms of a search crew having lunch.

Investigators said Angola and Iberville Parish search crews were having lunch at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete when someone reported seeing a muddy, disheveled-looking person coming up to the store. The crew said he matched the description of the third person involved in that morning's chase on I-10, and was arrested after a short foot chase.

According to responders, a state trooper tried to stop a rental car with three men from Florida inside just after midnight. The driver ignored the trooper and kept going, getting off the interstate at Grosse Tete before the three people inside fled the vehicle.

Investigators found the car an hour later off Cedar Street in Grosse Tete, not far from the Tiger Truck Stop. Troopers also arrested the car's driver and a passenger at a bus terminal on Florida Boulevard.

State Police and Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office searched an area south of I-10 near Sidney Road for the third person but called off the search just before noon.

Investigators said the driver, 25-year-old Daanish Johnson, faces a number of traffic citations as well as resisting an officer. The passenger arrested with him at the bus stop, 20-year-old Devonte Crawford, as well as the man later arrested at the Tiger Truck Stop, 30-year-old Thomas Payne, both face charges of resisting an officer.

Troopers said the case remains under investigation.

News 2's Alexa Vogue will have more on the search and arrests tonight.


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