PIERRE PART — An out-of-state pair led law enforcement authorities in White Castle and Assumption Parish on a nearly 15-mile chase down a remote two-lane highway before getting trapped in a residential area early Tuesday as children boarded school buses for the day.
Assumption Parish sheriff's deputies said Wednesday they found Elijah J. Evenson and Chelsea Michelle Ellington, both 20, about 6:30 a.m. a short distance from the abandoned stolen car with which they had led authorities on the chase.
Commander Lonny Cavalier said the pair was found at Bayou Drive East and Lee Drive near Pierre Part.
The car had been stolen from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but deputies are investigating if the pair has any other outstanding charges, Cavalier said.
He said Assumption deputies were notified by White Castle police officers early Tuesday that they were chasing the car in the town.
Evenson and Ellington then sped from White Castle down La. 69 southwest of La. 1 through remote swampland to La. 70, then west on La. 70 to the Pierre Part area.
Cavalier said a shift lieutenant had called off the chase as the pair reached the Bayou Drive neighborhood because of its compact nature and because school buses would be rolling with children waiting on street corners.
But Cavalier said the two were essentially trapped because there are only two ways in and out of the neighborhood and both enter onto La. 70. A deputy spotted tracks behind a business that led to the stolen car and the duo.
Evenson, 726 Heritage Square Drive, Madison, Tennessee, and Ellington, 2313 18th St., Alamagordo, New Mexico, were each booked into Assumption Parish jail on counts of misdemeanor resisting an officer and illegal possession of stolen things.
Evenson was also booked on aggravated flight from an officer. Ellington was booked on illegal carrying of weapons and felony resisting an officer with violent force.