CAR CHASE IN ABBEVILLE LEADS TO CAR CRASHING INTO COURTHOUSE, CATCHING FIRE
The car was on fire after it hit the courthouse column
A car chase by the Abbeville Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police resulted in a car crashing into the front of the courthouse, and the car catching fire with three people inside of it. The three people were removed from the burning car by the police chasing them. The driver, Twaski Lewis, was brought to Abbeville General because of a broken leg bone. The other passenger was OK and not charged with anything. There was a juvenile in the car, who was wanted by police because he had escaped from a New Orleans juvenile center. The courthouse pole was not damaged. The area of the accident in front of the west end of the courthouse was taped off all day Thursday. That night, the Abbeville Police Department received a tip from an informant saying there is a car in Abbeville that contains narcotics and illegal firearms. The car was identified as a black Ford 500. Early Thursday morning, the police located the car. Lewis located the car and a chase began. The car got on South State Street from 8th Street and was heading north, approaching the courthouse on South State Street. The car passed in front of the Sheriff’s Annex Building by the courthouse and was unable to negotiate the turn on the side of the annex building and drove straight into the courthouse. The car hit the large column head-on and burst into flames. The chase lasted only 10 minutes. Further arrests are anticipated, involving this investigation. The Abbeville Police Department would like to thank the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Department, Erath Police Department, the Louisiana State Police and the Abbeville Fire Department for their assistance in this matter. The Abbeville Police Department would also like to encourage all citizens to report suspicious activities within their neighborhoods. The Abbeville Police Department Tips Line is 337-892-6777.