A Terrebonne Parish man who arrived Tuesday at the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office to claim his BMW, impounded last week after it was reportedly stolen and then abandoned following an attempted hit-and-run of a deputy, was instead booked with attempted murder.
Tyrone Singleton, 28, of Gibson, the car’s owner, was the person who tried to use it to run down a deputy who sought to pull him over for speeding April 13, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
The deputy, who was standing on the curb with a radar gun, tried to stop a speeding car in the 8300 block of West Judge Perez Drive after the St. Bernard Irish Italian Isleños Parade, Pohlmann said.
Instead, the driver continued to speed down the street. The deputy was able to hop out of the path of the car but was still struck on his arm by a sideview mirror, Pohlmann said. The deputy’s injuries were not serious.
Singleton told investigators he was innocent and had reported his car as having been stolen in New Orleans earlier the same day.
However, Pohlmann said, surveillance footage from the Chalmette Wal-Mart parking lot showed Singleton getting into the car about 2 p.m. that day and driving away just minutes before the car is said to struck the deputy less than a mile away.
After the driver ignored the deputy’s efforts to get him to stop, other deputies began to search for the silver BMW and found it abandoned several blocks away behind a department store.
Singleton later called the Sheriff’s Office about the supposedly stolen car, and on Tuesday he went to the Criminal Investigations Bureau to try to claim it.
In addition to the attempted murder count, Singleton also was booked with hit-and-run driving and aggravated flight from police and on outstanding warrants from New Orleans and Gretna, Pohlmann said.
Bail was not immediately set.