ADDIS — A 47-year-old Plaquemine man led police on a high-speed chase Tuesday on La. 1 that ended with police running the man over on a quiet, dead-end street in Addis — but not before the man crashed into a mobile home.
Tuesday's chase started around 9:30 a.m. when a Brusly police officer pulled over Herman Lovelady for a minor traffic violation along La. 1 South near the Main Street intersection in Brusly.
Police Chief Jonathan LeFeaux said Lovelady, who was driving a white Ford Mustang, had committed a traffic offense that caught an officer's attention. When the officer ran the numbers on Lovelady's license plate, he learned the man had an outstanding warrant for fraud in Rapides Parish.
"He jumped out of the car acting nervous; telling the officer he wasn't speeding, but he was compliant," LeFeaux said. "When the officer went back to his car to confirm (Lovelady) had a warrant, he ran back to his car and starting hauling tail down the highway."
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Multiple agencies in West Baton Rouge Parish got involved in the chase, which lasted several minutes, as Lovelady darted in and out of traffic, hopped across the median and barreled down the La. 1 service road driving as fast as 115 mph at times.
With a line of police vehicles and flashing lights on his tail, Lovelady turned off La. 1 South onto Elizabeth Lane in Addis.
Senior Trooper Bryan Lee, spokesman for the Louisiana State Police, said Lovelady was traveling approximately 40 mph down Elizabeth Lane when he opened his car door and jumped out of the vehicle, rolling into the path of a West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy who was giving chase and right behind him.
Lee said the deputy was not able to stop his vehicle in time and ran over Lovelady. A Port Allen police unit then ran into the back of the sheriff's vehicle, further pushing the car over Lovelady.
Before bailing out of the car, Lovelady had crashed into the side of John Voisin's trailer home, ripping away some of the siding and causing some structural damage. Voisin was inside with his wife, adult son and young grandson.
"It felt like an explosion," Voisin said about the crash into his home. " Immediately I yelled out to my wife and asked if she was OK because she was on that side of the house. She said 'yeah,' but was shaken up."
The couple thought there had been an explosion at one of the nearby chemical plants. He knew that wasn't the case when he opened the door to his home and saw the swarm of police officers in the street with their guns drawn.
"That's when I knew someone had hit the house," he said. "So I let them to do their job."
Authorities were able to quickly get Lovelady from under the deputy's vehicle and have him transported to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries.
LeFeaux said the man was treated for burns to his neck, a broken spleen and a few broken ribs. He was still in the hospital Tuesday afternoon. The chief said when he is released, Lovelady will be booked for aggravated flight, reckless operation of a vehicle and "other numerous traffic offenses."
"If he had just stopped, none of this would have happened," Voisin said. "My quiet neighborhood would have stayed quiet."