Baton Rouge man accused of pushing passenger out of a moving SUV, leading police on a wild chase and injuring the nurse trying to attend to him _lowres

Ver Crawford

Police on Tuesday night arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of pushing a passenger out of his moving vehicle on Airline Highway then leading authorities on a wild pursuit that didn’t end until spike strips were deployed on Interstate 12.

And after Ver Crawford was finally captured, police said, the 29-year-old injured the hand of a hospital nurse who was attempting to treat him before he was eventually jailed.

According to a police report, Crawford pushed a passenger out of his SUV in the 6500 block of Airline Highway around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday. With the help of a witness, police quickly spotted the SUV and pursued it southbound on Airline Highway.

Authorities chased the SUV as it swerved across lanes of traffic and forced other vehicles to pull of the road to avoid being struck, the report says.

At some point, the SUV pulled onto Interstate 12 eastbound and eventually drove over some spike strips deployed by police near the Millerville Road exit. It didn’t take long for the SUV with shredded tries to crash into a center guard rail on the interstate.

After the crash, the vehicle’s sole occupant and driver, later identified as Crawford, exited the SUV and was met with a police officer’s stun gun.

There also was a struggle on the ground between police and Crawford, the report says.

The passenger who was pushed out of Crawford’s vehicle suffered a broken hand, a broken ankle and cuts across most of his body.

Before being taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, Crawford was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered Tuesday night. There, he “grabbed a nurse’s right thumb and bent it backwards,” spraining it, the report says.

Crawford, of 16071 Nehru Ave., Apt. C, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated flight from an officer, second-degree aggravated battery and battery of emergency room personnel.