Shoplifting suspect leads East Baton Rouge deputies on high-speed chase; admits he shot up heroin while speeding from the law _lowres

Donald Shirey, Jr.

A man suspected of shoplifting led police on a high-speed chase while shooting up heroin as he drove before finally crawling onto the ground of a Sonic parking lot in surrender Tuesday night, authorities said.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies began following 30-year-old Donald Raymond Shirey Jr., of 10051 Alfa Drive in Baton Rouge, after he rushed out of a Walmart at 10200 Sullivan Road with a television he hadn’t paid for valued at $440, an affidavit states.

Shirey, who already faced outstanding warrants for other thefts, rammed into a sheriff’s vehicle as he sped out of Walmart’s parking lot, ignoring officers’ commands to stop as he wove through other lots and down a road into Livingston Parish, according to the document. Along the way, he threw a plastic bag out of his window.

Eventually Shirey pulled into a Denham Springs Sonic parking lot, where he was handcuffed after lying flat on the ground. Blood dripping from Shirey’s arm prompted him to admit he’d injected heroin while driving and disposed of the drug in a bag, the document states. Officers found a used syringe and a burned coke can used for heroin in Shirey’s vehicle.

Shirey was booked Wednesday into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of theft, aggravated flight from officer, burglary, aggravated obstruction of a highway, reckless operation of a vehicle, being a fugitive, possession of drug paraphernalia, littering, and driving across private property, among others. As of Thursday night, his bail was set at $44,500.