Authorities make 2 arrests following chase of 2 boats
Two men are in the custody of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office following a boat chase.
TPSO Water Patrol Agents started investigating on Sept. 10 after receiving calls of boat thefts.
The first vessel was located on the day the investigation began.
Another boat was located on Sept. 13 – stripped of equipment and components – at a residence in Bourg.
A Water Patrol agent questioned some individuals and then traveled to a Montegut oyster dock where he observed a suspect on a small boat and an adult and a juvenile in another vessel who were regarded as suspects.
The boats left the dock. The vessel with just one person headed south. The other with the two people headed north on Bayou Terrebonne.
TPSO Chief Criminal Deputy Col. Terry Daigre said the agent followed the vessel heading south on La. Highway 55, as the vessel traveled down the bayou.
“Our detectives were on scene and were able to stop the boat with the adult and the juvenile at the Highway 58 Bridge,” Col. Daigre said. “The Water Patrol agent in his marked truck continued following the other boat until he reached the Humble Canal, and then traveled on a shell road, where he encountered a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent, and he jumped into the LDWF boat. The suspect’s boat was pursued on the water into the area of Wonder Lake. After the suspect hooked around from the lake into the Pipeline Canal he was taken into custody, shortly after 12 p.m.”
The operator of the boat stopped at the Highway 58 Bridge. He was identified as Phillip Brandon DeHart, 32, of Houma.
The operator of the other boat, which was apprehended in the Pipeline Canal, was identified as Tyler Paul Ray, 32, of Bourg.
Further investigation yielded that the boat DeHart operated contained quantities of LSD, meth and heroin.
That boat, authorities learned, was a stolen outboard.
Phillip DeHart was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex where he was booked for possession of methamphetamine, LSD and heroin; possession of stolen things. Tyler Paul Ray was booked for flight from an officer, two counts of theft over $25,000 and possession of stolen property for a stolen boat, motor and trailer.
An investigation in connection with these cases is continuing.