Shane Badeaux, 37, was found guilty of aggravated flight from an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on Thursday after a two day trail. Badeaux had previously been convicted of felony narcotics offenses in 2013.
“I think the testimony in this case demonstrated how dangerous the actions of the defendant were in attempting to avoid arrest,” said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer F. Richard, who prosecuted the case along with Shaun George. “It was very fortunate that no civilians or law enforcement personnel involved in the pursuit were injured.”
Badeaux was accused of fleeing from a Lockport Police Officer Cullen Orgeron on November 2, 2015, when Orgeron attempted to stop Badeaux on Hwy. 308 for an equipment violation.
Badeaux turned onto Hwy. 654, and increased his speed to over 80 miles per hour, crossing the center line multiple times in the process. A long and high-speed pursuit ensued, with the suspect at one point driving through the LaTour Golf Course, in the process tearing up parts of the turf.
After both vehicles became stuck in the mud, Badeaux exited the vehicle carrying a safe and a bag and continued to flee on foot. He proceeded to discard both items before jumping into a small pond.
Badeaux continued to resist Orgeron’s attempts to restrain him, even after being hit with the officer’s taser. It wasn’t until a Lafourche Parish Deputy arrived that the suspect was ultimately subdued.
A search of Badeaux’s person discovered 5.1 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Eventually, the safe was recovered, and after obtaining a search warrant, Orgeron discovered that it contained two pistols and a large quantity of ammunition.
Evidence presented at trial included the video taken from Orgeron’s video equipment.
“I think this conviction demonstrates that the defendant not only poses a danger to the community, but is likely to offend again,” said District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II. “We are very grateful to the effort made by the jury in considering the evidence and returning a guilty verdict.”
Aggravated flight from an officer carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to five thousand dollars. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is punishable by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than twenty years, and also carries a five thousand dollar fine. Formal sentencing is set for September 14 before the Hon. F. Hugh Larose.
Posted on Tue, August 23, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette