Authorities investigating a double homicide after two bodies were found in a burning mobile home in St. Martinville Saturday said they arrested a suspect following a high-speed police chase that ended just south of St. Francisville.
A report of a fire at the mobile home park in the 1700 block of Smede Highway led to the discovery of the bodies about 3:30 p.m., according to Major Ginny Higgins of the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office.
Authorities told the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for Derrick Siner, who was wanted for questioning regarding the St. Martinville double homicide and advised that he was driving a stolen vehicle, said Erin Foster, West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
West Feliciana deputies spotted the vehicle traveling on Highway 61 just south of St. Francisville. By the time the chase ended, between seven and eight units from both the Sheriff’s Office and St. Francisville police were in pursuit of Siner, Foster said.
The Sheriff’s Office took Siner into custody after he wrecked 10 miles away on Old Laurel Hill Road, Foster said.
Siner suffered no injuries in the crash and is being held in the West Feliciana Parish jail. He may be transferred to St. Martinville, Foster said.
The homicide investigation has been turned over to the State Fire Marshal, who could not be reached late Saturday. Other local authorities had no additional details on the circumstances of the deaths late Saturday.