A chase of an allegedly stolen vehicle began on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish and ended on the east bank of Orleans Parish after the driver tried to run down a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy, Sheriff Newell Normand said Sunday night.
Normand said 2nd District officers were alerted about 4:40 p.m. about a stolen Ford 1-150 pickup near the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard. Two officers near Oakwood Mall spotted the vehicle, he said.
An officer driving an unmarked car managed to get in front of the Ford just before the Terry Parkway on-ramp to the Crescent City Connection. Officer Whaland Shepherd stopped on the ramp, got out of his car and tried to approach the pickup, Normand said.
The driver of the truck tried to back up but hit another vehicle. According to Shepherd, the driver of the truck then put it in drive and rammed the back of his unit. He then backed up again and again slammed into the same vehicle, this time causing a chain reaction of cars hitting one another.
Shepherd said he saw the truck coming toward him again at a high rate of speed, at which point he fired his weapon, striking the truck three times but missing both occupants.
The driver was able to squeeze between Shepherd’s vehicle and the wall of the on-ramp. A chase ensued over the bridge, with the fleeing pickup hitting a number of vehicles, the JPSO said.
The chase ended in the 500 block of St. Andrew Street in the River Garden area of New Orleans. That’s where the driver hit a tree, drove over a fence and some hedges, and smashed into the back of another car in a parking lot.
Both occupants of the pickup got out and tried to run. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was caught right away.
The passenger, a 16-year-old male, was apprehended between Felicity and St. James streets with the help of the NOPD’s K-9 unit. He was taken to Children’s Hospital and treated for a bite wound to his groin.
Officers said they recovered a Glock-26 handgun inside the truck.
The two teenagers were booked on counts of attempted murder, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and aggravated obstruction of a highway.