Unmarked police car struck by man on house arrest

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

An accused murderer on house arrest pending trial was arrested May 30 in Gonzales following a hit and run accident in which the suspect ran into an unmarked sheriff’s car, Sheriff Jeff Wiley reported.

Larry Snyder, Jr., 36, of 14111 Ceazer Rd., Gonzales rear ended a Sheriff’s Office unmarked car on Cornerview Rd, shortly after 9:30 p.m., then fled the scene, Wiley said. The deputy who was hit then gave chase and Snyder pulled into a parking lot about 1/2 mile away.

Snyder was wearing an ankle bracelet and was out of jail on bail from Pointe Coupe Parish at the time of his arrest, Wiley said.

According to court minutes from Pointe Coupe Parish, the Sheriff said Snyder was released on $250,000 bond with the condition that he “will be under house arrest and must wear an ankle bracelet which will track his whereabouts; (He can only go to work, and Court/Attorney appointments.)”

At the time of his arrest, Snyder was in possession of beer tickets from the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales, Wiley said.

In July 2009, Snyder was charged in a kidnapping and murder case where his longtime girlfriend, Davina Chapman was allegedly kidnapped in St. Landry Parish and then murdered. Her body was found in Pointe Coupe Parish.

Officers of the Gonzales Police Department arrested Snyder following the May 30 accident and charged him with hit and run driving, 2nd DWI, improper lane use, and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.

Bond has not yet been set for charges related to the hit and run and Snyder is being held in the Ascension Parish Jail, Wiley said.

Officials in Pointe Coupe Parish have been notified of Snyder’s apparent violation of the terms of his bail there, the Sheriff said.