Rayne police capture wanted felon Patrick J. Batiste after foot chase

Rayne Police Department officers arrested a wanted felon following a foot chase on Thursday, March 17.

Rayne police officers initially conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Patrick J. Batiste. 

After stopping the vehicle, Batiste tried to evade arrest by fleeing on foot. Pursuing officers located Batiste hiding beneath a residence and took him into custody without further incident. 

During their investigation, officers discovered Batiste swallowed 14 grams (.5 ounces) of cocaine hydrochloride he had recently purchased for resale. 

Batiste was transported to the University Medical Center at Lafayette for emergency medical treatment. 

Chief Stelly said, “That quantity of cocaine hydrochloride can easily be fatal and we have to treat it as such.  While at UMC, he will be under our custody and an officer will maintain constant surveillance of him.”

Rayne police learned the Lafayette Police Department has been looking for this suspect for some time and had three active warrants issued on him: Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II CDS, Transactions involving drug proceeds, and resisting an officer. 

Rayne police charged Batiste, 33, of 2100 block of Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette, with Improper Lane Usage, No Insurance, Cancelled License Plate, Expired driver license, Resisting an Officer by Flight, Resisting an Officer and Obstruction of Justice (felony).

After Batiste submits a surety bond in Rayne for the pending local charges, he will be transferred to the custody of Lafayette police to face charges there.

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