Baton Rouge police arrested a man Tuesday, weeks after he led officers on a chase that exceeded speeds of 80 miles per hour, which reportedly stemmed from a traffic stop and the “suspicious odor” of marijuana coming from the suspect’s car.
Two officers pulled over Aaron Galentine, 29, on Feb. 12 at about 5 p.m. while he was driving a Hyundai sedan in the 1300 block of Terrace Street, according to an arrest warrant.
The warrant does not specify why Galentine was pulled over, but during the stop, an officer could smell marijuana and asked Galentine about the odor — to which he replied “that his girlfriend smokes weed in the vehicle,” the warrant says.
Galentine refused to allow the officers to search the car and refused to step out of the car, according to the warrant. When the officer tried to “grab the defendant in an attempt to remove him” from the car, Galentine shifted the car into gear and sped off, hitting the officers with the side of his car, according to the warrant.
Officers then gave chase as Galentine wove into the path of oncoming traffic down Terrace Street at about 80 miles per hour “before losing officers in traffic,” the warrant says.
More than two weeks later, Galentine, of 107 Winsor Drive, Lafayette, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated flight from an officer and two counts of battery of a police officer.