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Lockport fugitive arrested after pursuit in Raceland last week

Lockport fugitive arrested after pursuit in Raceland last week

A man wanted for felony theft and using counterfeit bills was arrested following a pursuit in Raceland last Wednesday night. Tray Caramonta, 31, of Lockport was arrested on the active warrants and faces additional charges.

Just after 10:30 p.m. on July 3, deputies responded to a report of a fugitive, Caramonta, driving westbound on U.S. Highway 90.

Caramonta had four active warrants for his arrest. When deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Caramonta refused to stop and continued driving at a high rate of speed, eventually turning onto LA Highway 182. As deputies pursued, they saw Caramonta throw items out of the vehicle’s window. At the intersection of LA 182 and LA 1, deputies deployed spike strips which struck all four of Caramonta’s tires. As Caramonta turned south onto LA 1, his vehicle began to slow, and he eventually stopped just off the highway.

Deputies then took him into custody. He was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Upon reviewing video from the dashboard cameras, deputies returned to the area where Caramonta had thrown items from the window. There, they located several pieces of torn counterfeit bills.

Caramonta was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on the warrants for Felony Theft, Monetary Instrument Abuse, and two counts of Contempt of Court. He was additionally charged with Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of Justice, and one additional count of Monetary Instrument Abuse. A bond from a previous arrest for drug offenses was also surrendered. His total bail amount is set at $146,600.