Report: Baton Rouge man leads police on high-speed chase on I-110 that ends at Krispy Kreme _lowres

Steven Hardy

A Baton Rouge man led police on a high-speed chase northbound on Interstate 110 Thursday night, causing other drivers to maneuver to avoid crashing with him before he was subdued and arrested in a Krispy Kreme parking lot, police said.

Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Narcotics Division were patrolling near the 3800 block of Baton Rouge Avenue when they saw a driver in a 2005 GMC Yukon that had a tinted cover obstructing the license plate, the arrest report says.

Detectives were able to run the license plate and found that the driver, Steven Hardy, 32, had a suspended driver’s license, the report says.

Detectives turned on the police unit’s siren and lights to make a traffic stop, but the driver accelerated to a high speed and merged onto I-110 northbound, making rapid lane changes, police said.

Hardy pulled off onto Plank Road and came to a stop at Krispy Kreme at 5504 Plank Road. He ignored police commands to lie on the ground; when officers attempted to take him into custody, Hardy grabbed a detective’s arm, causing moderate abrasions and bruising, the arrest report says.

Hardy, of 6688 Avocado Ave., was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, aggravated obstruction of a highway and driving under suspension, police said.