NAPOLEONVILLE — A man was arrested Wednesday morning after leading Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies on a 30-minute chase in his pickup truck when they attempted to question him after nearby residents said he was acting “suspicious,” Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.
Deputies received a call about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday about a suspicious black pickup truck and a man walking around camps at the end of La. 402 on Lake Verret in the northwestern part of the parish.
Deputies tried to stop the truck as it was leaving, but the driver refused to stop and a 30-minute chase began, Waguespack said in a news release.
At one point, the driver, later identified as Tyler England, 29, 143 La. 1011, Labadieville, crossed the center divider in a four-lane section of La. 1 and drove in a lane of traffic traveling in the opposite direction in an attempt to avoid being boxed in by deputies, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
“He never really went fast. He just kind of meandered around the north end of the parish,” Public Information Officer Robert Martin said of England.
Eventually, England’s truck started smoking, and he wrecked it in a cane field off La. 1010, just south of La. 400, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
England was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center in Napoleonville on Wednesday on counts of resisting an officer and aggravated flight from an officer, according to the Sheriff’s Office, which also said additional counts may be pending. Bail for England had not been set by early afternoon Wednesday.