Ride-a-long on the Fourth proves busy for sheriff’s deputies


Managing Editor

The evening of the Fourth of July proved to be busy for the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Travis Basco began his patrolling duties shortly after 5 p.m. As he was traveling down Green Valley Road in Grand Prairie, he noticed the stop sign was down. He reported it to the dispatcher so it could be repaired later.

At 5:53 p.m., Basco was enroute to a fight at a trailer park located off U.S. Highway 167. Deputies Shane Guillory and Dwayne Ledoux arrived before him and soon notified him everything was okay at the location.

At 6:25 p.m., ATV riders were reported on Spring Prairie Road. At 6:40 p.m., Sgt. Basco located three juveniles riding down the dirt road. As he spoke to the juveniles an adult arrived on the scene. He explained their names would be taken down, and if they were caught again, the four-wheelers would be towed at their expense. He advised them to stay off the road.

At 7:45 p.m. a homeowner reported someone was attempting to take a tractor or damage it near the Basile area. Basco located the tractor, but no one was in the area. He then went to the residence who made the complaint and spoke to someone there. The young man advised him he had turned off the lights after going to inspect the area. He had received a phone call from a neighbor who reported seeing a gray truck in the area.

An emergency call on Henry Lane shortly after 10 p.m. sent deputies responding to the area. As they traveled to the location, they learned volunteer firefighters were going to set up a landing zone for Air Med. Fortunately the patient did become conscious, so an ambulance was used to transport her to the hospital. While enroute to this call, Sgt. Basco was sent to Angus Road, where a vehicle was reportedly flipped in a ditch. Deputy Ledoux was sent to a fight in the Kennedy Subdivision to answer a fight call. Communication officers Connie Acosta Lamke and Crystal Devillier contacted the Ville Platte Police Department for assistance at this location. Deputy Guillory continued to the medical emergency.

Basco arrived on Angus Road shortly after Acadian Ambulance to discover no one was in the vehicle. He asked for the next wrecker and waited. While on this call, his deputies completed both of their calls and were sent to a fight on Godwin Drive. The Mamou Police Department was contacted for assistance. Basco checked with his deputies to make sure everything was okay once they arrived on the scene.

At 11:51 p.m., Basco arrived at a home on Wyble Road where the owner of the vehicle lived. He knocked and asked for the owner of the vehicle. The woman said he was sleeping, and Basco asked who was driving a white vehicle. She said her son, and he spoke to the young man. He asked the young man to tell his mother where the vehicle was located. The mother also learned their were three people in the vehicle. After speaking to both, Basco issued citations for careless operation and failure to report an accident to the 17-year-old.

At 1:20 a.m., the sheriff’s office and a state trooper responded to a lounge on Lincoln to assist the Ville Platte Police Department with a fight.

Then the police department asked for assistance with a fight at the station at 1:49 a.m. At 2:06 a.m. officers returned to the same lounge for another fight.

At 2:32 a.m., officers responded to a break-in on Shuff’s Road. The homeowner did not want a report once deputies checked the area and learned nothing appeared to be missing.

Basco continued patrolling for most of the evening. Shortly after 4 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a call from a woman, who accused her boyfriend of killing her five dogs. She gave a description of him and told authorities where he was. Once on the scene, officers were met by Sgt. Gabe Dupre, who was preparing to begin his shift. After speaking to the driver, they received permission to search his vehicle. Deputies located marijuana and learned the driver had no driver’s license, so he was arrested for driving under suspension, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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