Hit-&-run driver is arrested
The Carencro man that led Crowley police on a high-speed chase through and out of town early Sunday morning has been arrested.
Austin Lee Gary, 20, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday. He has been charged with felony reckless operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer and three counts of hit and run.
His total bond has been set at $50,000.
According to reports, the incident started just before 1 a.m. Sunday when a patrol officer was flagged down in the 100 block of East First Street in reference to a vehicle that had allegedly hit other vehicles in a parking lot.
When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle in question, the driver sped out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed.
During the ensuing chase along North Avenue G, two houses and another vehicle were damaged before the car being chased turned north onto Louisiana Highway 13 (Crowley-Eunice Highway).
There the vehicle reportedly reached speeds in excess of 120 mph before it left the road in the 23000 block of Crowley-Eunice Highway, struck an embankment, became airborne and flipped several times, police said.
The driver, subsequently identified as Gary, then exited the vehicle and escaped into the nearby wooded area on foot.
One person in the vehicle was transported to a Lafayette hospital in critical condition. Two others were treated and released from hospitals.
Gary reportedly told officials that he would turn himself in to authorities on Monday. By that afternoon, when he had not appeared, Police Chief Jimmy Broussard said an arrest warrant had been issued.