After calling authorities Tuesday night to tell them he was “locked and loaded” and would shoot any police he encountered, a man suspected in a domestic violence incident led deputies from LaPlace to the Kenner-Metairie border on a high-speed car chase before causing a crash that sent two deputies and a pair of civilians to the hospital, officials said.
Ultimately, 33-year-old Cory Joseph Hebert was taken into custody by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Hebert had gotten into an altercation with his girlfriend when he called 911 and delivered his threat. When deputies responded to the location in LaPlace where they believed he was, he had left, Tregre said. But deputies spotted Hebert riding around in a vehicle, later described as a 2006 Chrysler 300.
After dropping off his girlfriend at a nearby jail, Hebert — driving at speeds exceeding 100 mph — led St. John deputies through neighboring St. Charles Parish and into Jefferson, traveling on interstates 310 and 10 before exiting onto Loyola Avenue in Kenner, Tregre said.
He said Hebert evaded tire spikes that had been laid out by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, and he was on the phone with a St. John Parish 911 operator stating, “If y’all don’t stop, it’s going to be bad.”
Hebert then got back on I-10, exited on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie and began making a series of U-turns, authorities said.
Pursuing Hebert closely was an unmarked St. John Sheriff’s Office vehicle with its lights flashing, siren wailing and three deputies inside, Tregre said, adding that his deputies had notified law enforcement in St. Charles, Jefferson and Kenner about the chase.
When the chase reached Veterans and Massachusetts Avenue, a tan 2003 Chevrolet Suburban got in between the deputies and Hebert, Tregre said. “A crash took place,” he said.
The JPSO said the St. John Sheriff’s Office vehicle crashed into the Suburban.
“A female that was inside of the Suburban, she was ejected. She was conscious and alert at the time paramedics were speaking to her. We hope that she’s OK,” Tregre said.
The JPSO said the 35-year-old Kenner woman was undergoing surgery at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans on Tuesday night and was in stable condition.
A 28-year-old Metairie man, the driver of the Suburban, also went to the hospital with minor injuries.
Tregre said two of the St. John deputies in the wreck went to Interim LSU Hospital for treatment. One had a lower back injury, and the other had a deep laceration around a bicep.
Hebert continued fleeing after the wreck, heading south toward Harahan.
The JPSO said its deputies, state troopers, East Jefferson Levee District police and Harahan police officers were pursuing him. It said Hebert at one point leveled a shotgun out the window of his Chrysler at a deputy but then jumped out of the car and ran toward the back of a truck stop in the 6000 block of Jefferson Highway.
Deputies said Hebert discarded the pump-action shotgun before he was apprehended. The JPSO said it seized the gun as evidence.
Tregre said Hebert had an “extensive criminal history.” In fact, he said, Hebert had previously been accused of stabbing and trying to drown the woman he was with Tuesday.
“It’s just unfortunate a civilian happened to be caught in between this chase,” Tregre said. “It’s all on one guy, really. All he has to do is stop. ... He’s a danger to all citizens. He caused all this.”
Tregre said deputies were questioning the victim of the domestic disturbance late Tuesday.
On Wednesday evening, Hebert remained jailed in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. He faces counts of being a fugitive from St. John, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated obstruction of a highway, aggravated assault of two officers with a firearm and domestic abuse with a firearm, records showed.
No bail was set on the fugitive count. Hebert’s total bail for the other counts was listed at $175,000.