Man arrested for possession of drugs after pursuit through mall

Daric Vezia (Source: CPSO)
Daric Vezia (Source: CPSO)

The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

Lake Charles, LA – On May 11, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a house on Creole St. in Lake Charles and spoke with the resident who told the deputy Daric W. Vezia, of Lake Charles, was following her around, honking the horn at her, driving by her house, and went to her house and knocked on the door but she would not open it.  While speaking with her, a car drove in front of her house and she told the deputy that Vezia was in that car.      

The deputy left the house and followed the car trying to initiate a traffic stop.  The car entered and parked in the Prien Lake Mall parking lot and the occupants of the car entered the mall.  The deputy entered the mall and observed Vezia attempting to quickly exit the mall through the food court.  The deputy caught up with Vezia and advised him to stop so he could speak with him.  Vezia fled through the mall parking lot, re-entered the mall pushing a young child out of his way, and ran into a store where he grabbed a lady to avoid being arrested.  He then pushed the lady out of the way and hid behind a partition before being tased by the deputy.

Deputies recovered a prescription bottle Vezia threw inside the store as he was attempting to flee from the deputy.  The bottle contained 70 rocks of crack cocaine. The deputy also recovered approximately $14,000 in cash in Vezia's front pants pocket.

Vezia was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of crack with intent to distribute, illegal use of U.S. currency, simple battery, resisting an officer, and obstruction of justice.

Judge Wilford Carter set his bond at $38,000.

CPSO Deputy Trey Thomas was the arresting deputy.