Feb 18, 2014 12:44 PM by KATC

Traffic violation leads to pursuit, apprehension of Kaplan fugitive

Two Kaplan men, including a wanted probation violator with a violent criminal history, are in custody this morning following a traffic stop and pursuit Monday evening in Vermilion Parish say police.

Yesterday shortly before 6:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I stopped a 2002 Saab passenger car for allegedly speeding on LA Highway 92 near Noah Road. The driver, 32-year-old Robert Sinegal of Kaplan, pulled over and provided Troopers with a false identification, according to police. The Trooper recognized Sinegal as being wanted by Louisiana Probation and Parole police say. Before he could be taken into custody, Sinegal allegedly ran back to his vehicle and fled from Troopers. Troopers pursued Sinegal on several highways leading to Kaplan where Sinegal and his passenger, 54-year-old Lawrence Julien, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot to a residence in the 800 block of Lemaire Street in Kaplan, according to police.

With the assistance of the Kaplan Police Department and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office, a perimeter was setup and State Police SWAT was contacted, according to Trooper Stephen Hammons. A short time later, Julien allegedly surrendered to State Police without incident. At about 10:40 p.m., Sinegal was located under a house and taken into custody by State Police SWAT personnel, stated Hammons.

Both men were taken to the Vermilion Parish Jail and booked.

Julien was booked for resisting arrest, interfering with the duties of a State Trooper and criminal conspiracy.

Sinegal was booked for a probation violation warrant, speeding 95 in a 55, resisting arrest, flight from an officer, driving with a suspended license, littering, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and simple criminal damage to property.


                                                               Lawrence Julien



                                                               Robert Sinegal

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