A Breaux Bridge man jailed on Sunday is accused of evading officers and crashing into police cars while leading authorities on a high-speed chase around Lafayette.
Christopher Allen Paulson, 37, of the 800 block of Belle Drive in Breaux Bridge, remained in the Lafayette Parish jail on Monday afternoon on counts that include attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, according to booking records.
Officers were initially responding to report of a man threatening the clerk at a Dollar General store in the 2000 block of North University Avenue, according to the Paulson’s arrest affidavit. They found Paulson about an hour later in a black Mercedes matching the description reported by the store clerk.
Police said an officer shattered the driver’s side window of Paulson’s vehicle and maced him in effort to get him to comply following a chase around the Truman neighborhood that first ended on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according the affidavit.
But at that point, Paulson sped away and crashed into the door of a police car and head-on into another police car, the affidavit states. He later collided with a police car again during another high-speed pursuit that ended at the dead end on Poplar Street, according to his arrest affidavit. Police said they apprehended him as he tried to hop a fence on the dead-end road. In his car, police said, they found a pipe with cocaine residue inside.
Paulson remained in jail in lieu of $30,000 bail on additional counts of aggravated flight from an officer; aggravated criminal damage to property; simple battery; simple criminal damage to property, unauthorized use of a movable; and prohibited acts.