High-speed chase ends with arrest after man throws drugs out of car window, Assumption sheriff reports _lowres

Justin Fair

Deputies saw the driver of a car toss items out of the window of his car during a chase in Assumption Parish on Tuesday, leading to his arrest on counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, and a variety of other counts, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.

Narcotics agents with the Sheriff’s Office got a call about someone, later identified as Justin Fair, selling drugs in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store in Paincourtville, Waguespack said in a news release.

When agents arrived and turned on their emergency lights, Fair raced away in his vehicle onto La. 1, nearly hitting another vehicle.

The pursuit crossed Bayou Lafourche on the La. 403 bridge, where the driver crossed the center line and threw a number of objects into the bayou, the Sheriff’s Office report said. Those items were later recovered.

As the pursuit continued south on La. 308, the driver threw more items out of the car and those were also recovered. The driver stopped a short distance later and surrendered to deputies. Inside the car agents found $465 in cash and individually wrapped bags of heroin, the sheriff said.

The items recovered from the bayou included several large chunks of crack cocaine weighing almost two ounces and large chunks of heroin weighing more than one ounce, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Fair, 32, of 171 Miles St., Paincourtville, was booked Tuesday into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, improper lane usage, stop sign violation and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Fair remains in custody and bail is yet to be set.