LABADIEVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – Quintin Jared Ward, 30, of Houma, was taken into custody on Friday, Jan. 20 after a chase that reached speeds of 130 mph, according to Assumption Parish sheriff’s spokesman Lonny Cavalier.
This was not the first time Ward led deputies on a chase, according to Cavalier. On Nov. 21, 2022, Ward reportedly led a different deputy on a chase in the same vehicle. The Houma man was able to get away on foot.
APSO said, “Warrants were issued for Ward’s arrest at that time in connection to a domestic incident.”
Fast-forward almost two months and a deputy came in contact with Ward at the line between Assumption Parish and Lafourche Parish. After allegedly refusing to stop, a chase ensued which made its way along LA 1 North. Spike strips were used, and authorities say Ward tried to run away from deputies on Convent Street.
According to deputies, Ward was caught along with a blue bag which APSO said contained “significant amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl.” Ward is a convicted felon.
The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office provided a list of the charges Ward faces stemming from both chases:
- Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, 200 to 399 grams
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl
- Obstruction of Justice – 2 counts
- Possession of a Firearms by a Convicted Felon
- Illegal Carrying of Weapons in the Presence of Controlled Dangerous Substances
- Resisting an Officer – 2 counts
- Aggravated Flight from an Officer
- Parole Violation
- Simple Criminal Damage to Property
- Resisting an Officer
- Possession of Oxycodone
With this police chase coming after what happened in Brusly, Cavalier said, “We believe that when the pursuit was happening, we had supervisors in sight and did not call it off because we thought that the suspect was carrying a substantial amount of drugs, including fentanyl. Under the circumstances, we wanted to try to catch the suspect and conditions were such that we could conduct the chase safely.”
Cavalier said the decision to actively pursue a suspect is made on a case-by-case basis and in this instance, “we did not want to let the fentanyl get away.”
Ward is being held of a total bond of $635,000. In the event that the suspect could post bail, he can’t be released from custody due to the parole violation.