Teen found bound, gagged in canal _lowres

Ronnie Jewitt, 23

After wrecking his own car Monday while attempting to flee arrest for stealing a couple of phones and a GPS from an office in Mission Drive, a Baton Rouge man hopped into an elderly woman’s car, forced her to speed off and then pushed her out of the vehicle when it stopped, a police report says.

Ronnie K. Jewitt, 23, 5455 Madison Ave., was eventually discovered Monday evening by a police dog hiding underneath a house on Lynn Street and was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree kidnapping, aggravated flight from an officer, hit and run, criminal damage to property and two counts of resisting arrest.

Police first encountered Jewitt around 4 p.m. Monday when they were called to a business at 7923 Tom Drive on the theft complaint, the report says.

Jewitt admitted to having the items and led officers to his car to retrieve them, but instead Jewitt hopped in and threw the car into reverse, the report says. An officer tried to wrestle Jewitt out of the car, but he managed to speed away.

Police chased Jewitt into the 7300 block of Florida Boulevard, about 2 miles away, where he struck a red SUV and then wrecked his car against a curb, the report says.

Jumping out of the car, Jewitt climbed into the back seat of another car stopped at a red light, ordering the elderly driver to drive off, the report says. After the driver pulled over and stopped, Jewitt pushed her out of the car and sped away.

Two minutes later, other Baton Rouge police officers spotted Jewitt in the 3900 block of Lynn Street and briefly chased him before he lost control, came to a stop in the front yard of a home, hopped out and ran off, the report says.

Jewitt remained in Parish Prison as of Tuesday night. Bail had been set at $31,500.