Sheriff’s Office: Naked man drives onto chemical plant site, asks for help - but no one else is in his SUV _lowres

Charles Cooper, 38

A Baker man wearing only socks and a T-shirt led sheriff’s deputies on a slow chase Sunday morning after he had driven onto a chemical plant site where he screamed at workers, claiming he needed help.

A plant safety officer told East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies that Charles Cooper, 38, pulled onto the grounds of the Formosa Plastics chemical plant on Gulf States Utility Road Sunday morning, a Sheriff’s Office report says.

Cooper climbed out of his Chevrolet Tahoe naked and screamed for someone to help him, claiming there was someone in his vehicle — even though the report says no one else could be seen in or around the SUV.

Cooper then drove in and out of the plant until sheriff’s deputies arrived. As officers attempted to talk to him, he drove off, leading officers on a slow-moving pursuit — topping out at 20 miles per hour — through a nearby neighborhood, the report says.

Although the report notes that Cooper stopped at all but one of the stop signs along the route, he didn’t stop or pull over for the deputy’s flashing lights, blaring sirens, an air horn or loud-speaker commands, the report says.

Cooper finally stopped when deputies blocked his SUV near the 5300 block of Douglas Street, the report says.

Deputies found Cooper — the sole occupant of the vehicle — wearing only a shirt and socks, the report says. Two deputies put a pair of pants on him before arresting him.

Cooper told deputies he was trying to have sex with a woman in his vehicle, the report says.

He said he didn’t pull over for deputies because he didn’t see or hear the lights and sirens and denied running the one stop sign he failed to halt for, the report says.

He told deputies he met the woman on the Internet, the report says.

Cooper, 2121 Chamberlain St., was evaluated by EMS, who determined he didn’t need medical attention. He was taken to Parish Prison where he was booked on counts of obscenity, flight from an officer and running a stop sign.