COVID protocol delays arrest of man caught in stolen car

Lafayette Police said they caught the man who allegedly stole a car from a parking lot in block 2200 of the NE Evangeline Thruway, but have not yet been able to stop him.

A Google search shows this address belonging to Baymont by Wyndham Lafayette Airport, which is surrounded by other hotels near the I-10 / I-49 interchange.

According to a press release from Lafayette PD, spokesperson Sgt. Paul Mouton says the 2009 Toyota Camry was stolen on the night of December 11. The victim noticed the vehicle missing on the morning of December 12. At around 11:00 p.m. that evening, an officer noticed the car was traveling on Rue Saint-Antoine, stopped it in Block 100 of Hanes and arrested the driver – Devon Breaux de Lafayette, 22 – at the scene. But, he was released.

Why was the suspect behind the wheel of the stolen car not arrested?

Sgt. Mouton says Breaux was released at the scene due to COVID protocol at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

But, a warrant will be issued for the arrest of Breaux. Sgt. Mouton says Breaux will be arrested and reserved for the LPCC at a later date when COVID restrictions are lifted.

After the vehicle was towed from the scene, the owner was notified.

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