Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested two Texas men in a black 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor with a firearm, and rubber mask after the led NPSO deputies on a brief pursuit after they drove off without paying for fuel at a Clarence convenience store on Sunday.
The investigation began on Sunday afternoon at approximately 1:30pm, when Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a reported gas drive-off at a Clarence convenience store.
The store clerk provided NPSO dispatchers with a description of the vehicle reportedly a black Ford Crown Victoria police interceptors with spotlights. Deputies responded to the area , intercepting the vehicle on La. Hwy 6 East near Natchitoches.
When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to stop, leading deputies on a brief pursuit on Washington Street causing vehicles to pull on the shoulder. Deputies continued the pursuit until the vehicle pulled off of Washington Street behind the Natchitoches Elderly Apartments where it pulled up an embankment becoming stuck in the mud.
Three suspects in the vehicle were detained by NPSO Deputies and Natchitoches Police.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized a .22 caliber revolver, and a rubber mask.
Deputies say during a search of a passenger in the vehicle, they discovered drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.
As a result deputies arrested:
Jerrold Rany Crowell, 32, (Driver) of the 15000 block of Casa Verde Drive, Malakoff, Texas booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Theft of Fuel, Flight from an Officer, General Speed Law, and Proper Equipment required Vehicles.
Torance E. McClean, 31 of the 8700 block of CR 1405, Athens, Texas booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Deputies say the third passenger in the vehicle was released after he was not charged with a criminal offense.
Crowell and McClean remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.
Deputies say the subjects were passing through the Clarence area after they were allegedly traveling back to Texas following a gambling trip in Avoyelles Parish.
Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division along with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center have disseminated law enforcement messages inquiring as if this vehicle or suspects have been involved in any crimes throughout the region.
The investigation is continuing. The vehicle was impounded by a local wrecker service.
Press Release: NPSO