DENHAM SPRINGS — Troopers trying to stop a stolen vehicle Tuesday on a traffic violation on Interstate 12 ended up arresting two Alabama residents on narcotics and other charges, and are seeking a third person believed to have run from the car, State Police police reported.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m., troopers observed a 2015 Nissan Altima speeding eastbound on I-12 near Denham Springs. Troopers attempted to stop the Altima, but the driver continued eastbound and exited on Juban Road, traveling north toward U.S. 190, Trooper First Class Jared L. Sandifer said in a news release.
Troopers located the Altima in a parking lot on U.S. 190 east of La. 1026, and observed the two occupants leave the vehicle and run into a wooded area, Sandifer said.
Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputies, Denham Springs Police and Walker Police assisted the troopers in the search.
Troopers learned the Altima was a rental vehicle reported stolen from Tennessee, and also located several items of drug paraphernalia in and around the vehicle, Sandifer said.
Using a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office helicopter and police dogs, Sandifer said, officers were able to locate and arrest the two — Charles A. Goss-Richards, 21, of Foley, Alabama; and Amanda R. Atkins, 35, of Bon Secour, Alabama.
Both were booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on illegal possession of stolen things, possession of drug paraphernalia and flight from an officer, Sandifer said. Atkins was also being held on a narcotics-related fugitive warrant out of Alabama.
Troopers suspect a third unidentified individual may have run from the vehicle as well. He is described as a white male, average build, brown hair, and he was wearing a black tank top, dark pants or jeans, and black and white shoes.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Louisiana State Police Troop A at (225) 754-8500 or their local law enforcement agency.