Attempted candy theft leads to police chase and Gonzales man’s arrest _lowres

Kenneth Macaluso

A Gonzales man led police on a chase for six miles on Interstate 12 early Saturday after he was caught trying to steal candy and an ashtray from a gas station store, police said.

A manager at Jubilee Express on College Drive called police after Kenneth Macaluso — who the manager had ordered to leave late Friday night after seeing him conceal candy in his hand — returned to the store shortly after midnight, tried to steal an ashtray, then sat in his pickup truck outside for several minutes, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department report.

When an officer went to the truck, Macaluso, 26, repeatedly denied stealing anything, then drove away, the report says. One of several other officers who joined the chase laid down spike strips, which Macaluso drove over, leaving all four tires of his truck flat, the report says.

“The (defendant’s) vehicle would slide from one lane to another from lack of traction due to flat tires that were being driven off of the rims,” an officer wrote in the report.

Macaluso then drove onto I-12 West from Essen Lane, forcing police to shut the interstate down, the report says. After about six miles, Macaluso took the Acadian Thruway exit and stopped soon after on Government Street, where police searched him and found a Xanax pill and a small amount of marijuana, the report says.

Macaluso, 13409 Bayou Grand Blvd., Gonzales, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated flight from an officer, possession of Schedule I and Schedule IV narcotics, misdemeanor theft of goods and entering or remaining after being forbidden.