MAURICE, La. (KLFY)— A Maurice man has been sentenced to 24-months in prison for possessing an unregistered sawed-off shotgun after a high-speed chase resulted from almost hitting a Lafayette officer, authorities said.
Kevin Patrick Abshire, 32, of Maurice, La. was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of possession of an unregistered firearm; namely, a shotgun having a barrel less than 18-inches in length.
Abshire was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.
According to the June 16, guilty plea, Abshire admitted that on June 6, he was involved in a high-speed car chase within the city limits of Lafayette and Lafayette Parish, after he nearly struck an officer of the Lafayette PD. The Officer was directing traffic at an accident scene at the time.
According to a news release, Abshire, instead of following directions of the officer on the scene to turn off his vehicle’s engine, he drove away at a high rate of speed, causing officers of the Lafayette PD, and deputies from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office to pursue.
Authorities said the car chase ended when Abshire crashed near the Ridge Road area of Lafayette.
Officers noticed that he was in possession of a shotgun as he exited the vehicle and authorities successfully subdued him and placed him under arrest, according to a news release.
The shotgun recovered was not registered to Abshire in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Authorities said the shotgun recovered was loaded and had a barrel length of 13-7/8 inches.