A 35-year-old woman ejected from a car hit by a St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle during a high-speed chase Tuesday night near the Metairie-Kenner line was released from the hospital Thursday morning, St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre said.
Tregre also released new details about what prompted authorities to pursue domestic violence and kidnapping suspect Cory Joseph Hebert, 33, through three parishes.
One St. John deputy who suffered a back injury and another who suffered a cut biceps in the crash had been released from LSU Interim Hospital on Wednesday, Tregre said.
According to the sheriff, investigators believe Hebert and a woman had a physical altercation Tuesday night that resulted in his putting a knife to her throat. Ultimately, Hebert forced the woman into a car and drove her toward a desolate spot off Old U.S. 51 in LaPlace, Tregre said.
“It looked like something not good was going to happen,” he said. “Total darkness — it’s all water, woods, swamp out there.”
The woman, at one point, jumped into a nearby canal in an attempt to escape, but Hebert went in after her and dragged her out by the hair, Tregre said.
He said Hebert then drove the woman to the St. John jail and dropped her off there, leaving her with arm and eye bruises, as well as a knife mark on her throat.
Hebert subsequently called 911 and told the operator he did “not recommend” deputies try to arrest him.
“If they come through here, they better come heavily armed,” Hebert said on the call, which was recorded.
“Oh, OK — I’ll be sure to let them know that,” the female operator said.
Hebert replied, “Be sure to let them know. Thank you.”
Deputies eventually spotted Hebert riding around in a 2006 Chrysler 300. Driving at speeds exceeding 100 mph, he led St. John deputies through neighboring St. Charles Parish and into Jefferson Parish, using Interstates 310 and 10 to get to Loyola Avenue in Kenner. He avoided tire spikes laid out by St. Charles sheriff’s deputies.
Hebert then got on I-10 and drove to Veterans Memorial Boulevard. At the Massachusetts Avenue intersection, the deputies chasing Hebert slammed into a tan 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, injuring the woman who was ejected and a 28-year-old man who was driving.
The man received treatment at the hospital for minor injuries and was released.
Meanwhile, Hebert continued toward Harahan. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said its deputies, as well as members of several other law enforcement agencies, pursued him.
Hebert aimed a pump-action shotgun out the window of his car at a deputy but then bailed out of the Chrysler and ran to a Jefferson Highway truck stop before he was captured, authorities said. Deputies found the shotgun after Hebert tossed it away.
Hebert remained jailed in Jefferson Parish on Thursday on various counts: being a fugitive from St. John, aggravated flight from officers, aggravated assault of officers with a firearm and domestic abuse with a firearm. While no bail was set on the fugitive count, bail on the other counts was set at $175,000.
Tregre said Hebert can expect to face more counts when he’s transferred to St. John, including aggravated kidnapping. He said, though, that St. John is in no rush to extradite Hebert.
“As long as he’s incarcerated, we’re not worried,” Tregre said. “He’s not going anywhere.”