A Baton Rouge man who led police on a chase reaching speeds of 120 mph before he crashed into another vehicle was arrested Thursday, the Baton Rouge Police Department reported.
The chase started around 8 p.m. Thursday, after an officer patrolling near the corner of Barber Street and Aldrich Street tried to pull over Victor Hunter, 33, for making an illegal U-turn. Hunter drove away onto College Drive and started weaving between lanes at an “extremely dangerous speed,” the police report says.
Hunter side-swiped a truck as he crossed North Foster Drive, then drove through a red light as he turned onto Jefferson Highway, the report says. He continued to drive “extremely recklessly” at speeds exceeding 120 mph, the report says.
From Essen Lane, Hunter drove onto Interstate 12 and began “swerving between the right lane and shoulder from Essen past the I-12/I-10 split,” the report says. The officers lost sight of Hunter, but other officers later saw him exiting the interstate onto Hollywood Street.
Hunter then crashed head-on with another vehicle, and tried to run from the scene before he was apprehended, the report says.
The occupants of the vehicle Hunter struck were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, and Hunter was treated for minor injuries before going to prison, the report says.
Officers found two hydrocodone pills in Hunter’s car during a search, the report says.
Hunter, 4627 Bawell St., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer, negligent injuring, hit and run, and possession of hydrocodone. He remained in jail Friday in lieu of $17,000 bail.