Gonzales police: Traffic stop leads to pursuit, ends in crash; passenger escapes to nearby house, hides under bed _lowres

Ahmad Johnson

A traffic stop that turned into a pursuit and a crash ended when one of the men in the truck was found hiding under a bed in a nearby residence and was arrested, Gonzales police said.

On Sept. 4, a police officer stopped a truck that had been swerving in its lane on West Worthy Street in Gonzales.

After the officer told the passenger, Ahmad Johnson, who had started to get out, to remain in the truck and asked the driver to get out, the driver sped off with Johnson, police said.

With the officer in pursuit, the truck crashed on South George Street and both men escaped on foot. A Glock 22 semi-automatic handgun, 13 grams of crack cocaine and 20 grams of heroin were found at the scene, police said.

As officers continued to investigate the scene, a woman approached them to say a man had come into her house and was hiding under her bed.

Officers found Johnson in the house, arrested him and took him to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales for injuries from the wreck, according to police.

Johnson, 35, of 4562 Brown St., Darrow, was treated and booked into Ascension Parish Prison on felony counts of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana or synthetic marijuana and illegal carrying of a weapon. He also was booked with flight from an officer.

The driver, whose identity was unknown, is still being sought.