Three men from Jacksonville, Florida, were arrested Thursday following an early morning chase after they drove away during a traffic stop, State Police said.
The men were headed west on Interstate 10 in a 2014 Cadillac sedan when a State Police trooper pulled them over east of Grosse Tete just after midnight Thursday for multiple traffic violations, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said.
As the trooper got out of his car and walked toward the sedan, the men sped off, heading west on the interstate.
The trooper gave chase, and the sedan exited at La. 77 by Tiger Truck Stop before the trooper lost sight of the car. A short time later, State Police found the Cadillac abandoned on a side street near the exit, Sandifer said.
That was when authorities received a tip about two men jumping in a taxi near Tiger Truck Stop.
The tip led troopers to the Greyhound Bus station on Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge, where they found and arrested the Cadillac’s driver, Daanish Johnson, 25, and passenger Devonte Crawford, 20, Sandifer said.
Police found the third man, Thomas Payne, 30, still at the Tiger Truck Stop just before noon, Sandifer said. Police had actually called off the search when they received a tip about a suspicious person at the Truck Stop, which led them to Payne.
Johnson was booked Thursday into Iberville Parish Jail for aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer, reckless operation, following too closely and improper lane usage, while Crawford and Payne also were booked Thursday for resisting an officer.