Thibodaux Police: Man hits police cruiser before fleeing to avoid arrest

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Dante Batiste. Courtesy of Thibodaux Police Department

THIBODAUX, La. (BRPROUD) – Thibodaux police officers attempted to apprehend an individual wanted for several active warrants in a local business before the man attempted to flee, hitting a police cruiser with his vehicle as he tried to leave.

The Thibodaux Police Department said on Wednesday, June 30, the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Dante Batiste of Labadieville, refused to listen to the officer’s commands, hit the police cruiser and fled the business in his vehicle. A pursuit by police ended when Batiste crashed into a fence on Karla Drive. After the crash, Batiste fled on foot while throwing away narcotics.

After Batiste was apprehended, a vehicle search conducted with a K-9 led to the discovery of drugs — including “small amounts” of cocaine, methamphetamine, Xanax and approximately 287 doses of MDMA. Over $8,000 in cash was also discovered in the search, police said.

Police said Batiste was transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Center Complex where he is held without bond.

He faces charges including:

  • Aggravated Flight from an Officer (Felony)
  • Operating a Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued (Misdemeanor)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute MDMA (Felony)
  • Aggravated Assault Upon A Peace Officer (Felony)
  • Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property (Felony)
  • Possession of Cocaine (Felony)
  • Possession of Methamphetamine (Felony)
  • Possession of Xanax (Felony)
  • Two Counts of Resisting an Officer With Force or Violence (Felony)
  • Thibodaux City Court Warrant for Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation (Felony)
  • Thibodaux City Court Warrant for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a CDS (Felony)
  • Resisting an Officer (Misdemeanor)
  • Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Marijuana 3rd and Subsequent Offenses (Felony)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute MDMA (Felony)
  • Aggravated Flight From an Officer (Felony)
  • Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles (Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle (Misdemeanor)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Robitussin DC with Codeine (Felony)
  • Possession of Hydrocodone (Felony)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Xanax (Felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Felony)
  • Possession of Cocaine (Felony)
  • 23rd JDC Warrant (Assumption) Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoids 3rd Offense (Felony)
  • Possession of Cocaine (Felony)
  • Possession of Methamphetamine (Felony)
  • Resisting an Officer (Misdemeanor)

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