Killian police have warned the public of a suspected drug runner on the lam after escaping police in a high-speed chase last week.
On Friday, a village police officer tried to pull over an Infiniti G37 driving 83 mph in a 35 mph zone, said Killian Police Chief Dennis Hill. However, the driver sped off, tearing through the Springfield and Albany areas before finally dodging law enforcement near Independence in a chase the reached at least 133 mph.
Officers made contact with the owner of the car, who had allegedly loaned it to Curtis Savoie. When police contacted the suspect, he said he fled because he had a large quantity of drugs, Hill said.
Savoie admitted he made weekly runs between Texas and Louisiana carting crystal methamphetamine, the chief continued.
“He was pretty casual” about his participation in the drug trade, Hill said.
Police tried to encourage him to turn himself in over the weekend, but village officials Tuesday morning announced via social media that Savoie was still on the loose. Residents have been warned that he is known to carry firearms and were urged to call 911 but not to approach him if spotted. Savoie is from Independence but has been living in the Killian area, the statement says.
Killian police have warrants out on Savoie for aggravated flight from an officer and numerous traffic violations. At least two sheriffs’ offices, two State Police Troops and two other police forces were involved in the chase at some point, Hill said. He added that additional counts could be filed against Savoie.
Additionally, Savoie had been wanted by another agency on counts unrelated to the chase, though Hill was not immediately sure of the specific details.
The incident in Killian was one of two significant police chases in Livingston Parish on Friday. A deputy tried to stop a pair of suspected burglars south of Denham Springs that morning, and the two fled, wrecking a sheriff’s cruiser and crashing into a city pharmacy before eventually being apprehended.
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