Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of a Lockport man that stole a vehicle in Thibodaux and then led deputies in a pursuit in which the vehicle reached speeds of approximately 115 miles per hour. Duane Paul Ryan Jr. (W/M, D.O.B. 01/06/91) of 723 Third Street was finally caught and arrested after a pursuit that lasted over 30 minutes and covered over 24 miles from Thibodaux through Schriever and Gray to Bayou Blue.
During the early morning hours of Saturday, November 26, deputies responded to a call of a suspicious subject walking on E. Killarney Drive in Thibodaux looking into several vehicles. While en route, deputies learned that the subject had taken a maroon pickup truck from a home on E. Killarney Drive. Deputies located the vehicle in the neighborhood and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle accelerated and proceeded south on E. Killarney Drive. Deputies pursued the vehicle throughout the subdivision, and the driver eventually led deputies to the campus of Nicholls State University where Thibodaux Police officers joined the pursuit. The vehicle reached speeds of approximately 55 miles per hour on campus, then proceeded from campus back to the subdivision, and then back to campus again, this time reaching speeds of approximately 95 miles per hour. The driver then made a hard, 90-degree turn and pursuing officers lost sight of the vehicle.
Deputies canvassed the area for several minutes before learning the vehicle was spotted on Ridgefield Road in Thibodaux. Deputies relocated to that area and found the vehicle traveling southbound on Talbot Avenue. The vehicle turned onto LA Highway 24 where several units from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office assisted in the pursuit. The vehicle was traveling at a rate of approximately 115 miles per hour on LA-24. As they approached the overpass in Schriever, deputies observed sparks coming from the suspects side front tire. Deputies then observed a Louisiana State Police unit stationed on LA-24 which, in turn, caused the vehicle to come to an abrupt stop in the roadway. The vehicle then turned left onto Pitt Bridge and then right onto LA-24 in the oncoming lane of traffic. The vehicle reached speeds of approximately 110 miles per hour and caused at least three vehicles to veer off the roadway.
The vehicle then turned onto U.S. Highway 90 where it reached speeds of approximately 115 miles per hour. The vehicle then exited US 90 at a high rate of speed and attempted to turn left onto LA Highway 316, but the driver was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, and it came to rest on the median. The driver then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Deputies pursued the driver on foot and took him into custody without incident approximately 100 yards from the vehicle.
Deputies identified the subject as Duane Ryan Junior and during a pat down search, located a wallet on Ryans person belonging to a resident of E. Killarney Drive. Deputies learned of several vehicle burglaries and an attempted home burglary in the area prior to Ryan stealing the vehicle. Ryan initially refused treatment on scene, but eventually began complaining of pain in his right extremities. Deputies transported him to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center for treatment where doctors advised that he had no severe injuries.
Through investigation, detectives determined a total of four vehicles were burglarized, 2 vehicles were attempted to be burglarized, and that the suspect attempted to gain access to a residence on E. Killarney Drive. The investigation into the matter continues, and detectives believe a second W/M subject may have been involved.
Sheriff Webre thanked the residents of the neighborhood for reporting the suspicious subject. “This is a prime example of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Sheriff Webre. “Because of the awareness of these proactive citizens, we were able to locate the subject and make an arrest a short time later. We encourage all residents to always report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office so that we can keep our neighborhoods safe.”
Ryan was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and charged with Aggravated Flight from an Officer (Intentional Refusal to Stop, Life Endangerment), Theft of a Motor Vehicle, four counts of Simple Burglary, Attempted Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, and Attempted Simple Burglary. He is currently being held in lieu of $185,000.00 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc.