Police: Baton Rouge man fleeing officer runs into stranger’s house; hits resident before he’s eventually coaxed out _lowres

Arthur Kinchen

A Baton Rouge man fleeing from a police officer who tried to pull him over ran into a stranger’s house, where he hit a resident and hid inside before surrendering Friday evening, the Baton Rouge Police Department reported.

Arthur Kinchen, 19, was arrested after the Police Department’s Special Response Team was called to coax him out of the house, according to a police report.

The ordeal began about 5:45 p.m. Friday when an officer patrolling in the 2300 block of North Foster Drive saw Kinchen drive by in his Pontiac G6, which had a tinted cover obscuring the view of the license plate, the report says.

The officer tried to pull him over, but Kinchen kept driving and turned onto nearby Ritterman Avenue. He then stopped, got out of his car and ran away, the report says.

Officers chased Kinchen for about three blocks before they saw him dart into a house in the 5200 block of Wilmot Drive, where he “committed a battery upon the resident who he does not know,” an officer wrote in the report.

After the resident came outside, the Special Response Team was called to get Kinchen to come out of the house. He was eventually apprehended without incident, according to the report.

Police found a small quantity of marijuana when they searched Kinchen, who also did not have a driver’s license and had a switched or expired license plate on the car he’d been driving earlier, the report says.

Kinchen, 4915 Holloway Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, simple battery, resisting an officer, driver’s license required, license plate switched, improper display of license plate and possession of marijuana. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to online jail records.