A 24-year-old Florida driver suspected of huffing compressed gas while partially stopped on Interstate 10 led police on a seven-mile chase before being caught in Jennings, officials said.
Kevin Dale Briscoe, of Jacksonville, Florida, was sitting in his car “inhaling compressed gas from an electronics duster can” when a State Police trooper asked him to open his window. Briscoe, whose car was partially in the right lane of the interstate, decided not to roll down the window and instead stepped on gas and speeded west, a State Police said in a news release.
The 7-mile chase that started shortly before 6 p.m. involved State Police from Troops D and I, along with sheriff’s deputies from Acadia and Jefferson Davis and the Jennings Police Department. Briscoe was caught when he left I-10 for the La. 26 exit, then tried to reenter I-10.
“Troopers were concerned about the vehicle reentering the interstate and successfully went around the vehicle and prevented Briscoe from traveling back onto I-10,” State Police said.
The chase came with a cost: two State Police vehicles and one Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle were damaged, and a Jennings police officer sustained a minor injury while arresting Briscoe.
State Police Troop D said officers found synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Briscoe’s car. The suspect is facing felony counts in Acadia and Jefferson Davis parishes: obstructing a highway of commerce; flight from an officer; possession of schedule I drugs; and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.
The case remains under investigation.