A man led authorities on a nearly hour-long, high-speed chase through Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes early Sunday after he allegedly raped a woman and stole her car, a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office official said.
The woman called deputies at about 6:20 a.m., saying she was being held against her will, said Perry Rushing, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office chief of operations.
When deputies arrived at the woman’s house, her attacker, later identified as James Buvens, 39, fled the scene in the victim’s car, Rushing said.
Louisiana State Police and the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office joined in pursuit of Buvens, who tried to elude authorities through the back roads of Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes, Perry said.
Buvens managed to get on Interstate 55 for a period of time, but eventually lost control of his car and crashed on Highway 1064 near the parish line, Perry said.
No other motorists or bystanders were injured during the pursuit, Perry said.
Buvens then escaped into the nearby woods, bringing out the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office helicopter and bloodhounds from the Angola chase team to help in the search, Perry said.
An off-duty Livingston Parish deputy spotted Buvens about 12:30 p.m. walking on Highway 190 nearly four miles away from where he crashed, Rushing said.
Authorities apprehended him about 10 minutes later, Perry said.
Perry said Buvens had raped the woman and beat her with the phone she used to call police.
Buvens, 29160 Red Oak Drive, Walker, was booked into Parish Prison on a list of charges, including aggravated rape, aggravated battery, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon and aggravated flight from a police officer.
He also has a number of outstanding warrants involving crimes against the same victim, Perry said.