Officers with the Bastrop Police Department were looking for a suspect in an unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling complaint who was allegedly in a gray Buick. Sgt. Dennis Aswell passed a vehicle matching that description while on E. Madison Avenue and as he turned around, the vehicle turned on Cooper Lake Road. Sgt. Aswell initiated a traffic stop but the driver of the vehicle accelerated and a pursuit ensued.
The Buick was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour down the Cooper Lake Road and Sgt. Aswell slowed his pursuit due to road conditions. As he came around a curve, he discovered the wrecked car and its occupants, two of which were ejected. A third occupant was still in the backseat of the vehicle. Investigation into the wreck revealed that the car had rolled numerous times before coming to a stop.
The driver, Patrick Deville, 27, of Bastrop, was not wearing his seatbelt, causing his ejection. He suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to a hospital in Shreveport. The two male passengers, identified as Charles Wesley Stephens, 33, of Bastrop and a 16 year-old juvenile, also of Bastrop, both suffered minor to moderate injuries and were transported to local hospitals.
Louisiana State Police was dispatched to the scene of the accident and due not suspect alcohol to be a factor in the wreck. A toxicology sample was obtained from Deville and will be submitted for analysis.