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Man leads police on chase because he wanted to 'play'

Daronte Mathews, 18, accused of leading police on a chase around Thibodaux because he wanted to "play." (Source: Thibodaux Police Dept) Daronte Mathews, 18, accused of leading police on a chase around Thibodaux because he wanted to "play." (Source: Thibodaux Police Dept)
THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) -

Leading police on a chase around Thibodaux is apparently one man's idea of a good time. Unfortunately for him, it ended with his arrest.

According to the Thibodaux Police Department, 18-year-old Daronte Mathews led police on a chase around Thibodaux because he wanted to "play."

Police initially tried to pull over Mathews around 1 a.m. on May 6. According to the Thibodaux Police Department, Mathews did not dim his headlights while driving in the area of West 1st Street and St. Philip Street. A police patrol unit signaled for him to dim his headlights, but police say he did not.

That same police unit pulled Mathews over, but as officers approached his car he took off. He then led police on a chase, sometimes reaching speeds of 55 mph in 25 mph zones. Police say no other vehicles were in the roadway at the time.

Mathews eventually stopped his vehicle in the 1000 block of People Street, but refused to get out. According to police, officers were able to remove Mathews from the vehicle and eventually get him in handcuffs. Once he was restrained, police say they found a Glock 22 .40 semi-automatic handgun on the floorboard.

According to police, that glock was reported stolen out of Lockport on Feb. 3 this year.

Mathews told police he fled from them because he wanted to "play," according to the Thibodaux Police Department.

“I’m proud of the way my Officers conducted themselves as should be the community they serve,” said Thibodaux Police Chief Bryan Zeringue. “They exercised due regard for the safety of the public during the pursuit, and got a stolen gun off of the streets.”

Daronte Mathews was taken to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. He was released after posting bond on May 8th, just after midnight. Mathews is charged with Aggravated Flight From an Officer, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, two counts of Resisting and Officer and Driving with No Driver's License.

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