Man accused of stealing car from casino and crashing after chase

Daniel Ryan Credeur (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)
Daniel Ryan Credeur (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)

LIVONIA, LA (WAFB) - A complaint about a reckless driver led to an unusual police chase. It happened in the small town of Livonia and ended in Lottie; a town of fewer than 400 people.

The Livonia Police Department consists of eight officers, including Chief Brad Joffrion.

Speeding tickets and occasional fender benders are the norm. That was until Wednesday when a driver spotted another driving fast and recklessly on westbound Hwy. 190. A Livonia Police Officer settled in behind him.

"Immediately, he speeds off and starts passing vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway. At that point in time the officer initiates his lights and the pursuit began," said Joffrion.

For three miles the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro ignored the police lights and everyone else on the road.

Police say the driver was 36-year-old Daniel Ryan Credeur. The Camaro had just been reported stolen from the Belle Casino. The Camaro later crashed in the eastbound lane of 190 with the driver fleeing on foot.

After a six hour search in a Lottie neighborhood, police arrested Credeur after they found him in the back of a pickup truck.

Craig Allen was just feet away in his home.

"I hear 'get down get down get down' we opened the door and peeped out and they was all by my truck right here. It turns out he was in the truck all the time. He was in the back seat or something," said Allen

Needless to say the Lottie community was rocked.

"We want to thank the Sheriff, Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Department, the Livonia Police Department. They protected us last night it could have gotten really bad," said resident Bobbi Coleman.

Chief Joffrion is proud of his men.

"He did his job to the tee. He never--he maintained his pursuit, but was not pushing the subject very hard. He backed off and maintained a real safe distance. It really ended well. It could have been a tragic situation," said Joffrion.

There is a dash camera video of the chase which is being processed into evidence. Livonia can, for now, get back to their norm; but no one can say they aren't prepared.

Police also recovered what they believe is stolen jewelry from the smashed car. Daniel Ryan Credeur was booked into Pointe Coupee Parish Prison. The judge set his bail at $15,000.

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