Handcuffed man makes escape attempt; East Baton Rouge deputy injured when the fleeing man collided with him _lowres

Michael Scott, 22

A Baton Rouge man wanted on a handful of theft warrants may now face additional charges after running face-first into an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy while trying to flee in handcuffs Tuesday.

Two deputies had tracked 22-year-old Michael Anthony Scott to an upstairs apartment in the 1700 block of Boulevard de Province on outstanding warrants from Livingston Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish and Baker City Court, according to a sheriff’s report. Scott — who told the deputies his name was “Darius” — was placed under arrest and handcuffed, the report says.

As he was being led down the stairs, though, he leapt from the deputies, landed at the bottom of the stairs and took off running toward another apartment building in the 12000 block of Old Hammond Highway, the report says.

A deputy chased Scott behind the building but collided with the fugitive, who then knocked over an air conditioning unit — severing the gas line — and kicked at the deputy’s face while trying to scramble away again, according to the report.

At that point, a deputy shot Scott in the stomach and ankle with a stun gun, finally subduing him, the report says. The deputy involved in the struggle suffered lacerations to his hand and knee from the collision with Scott.

Scott, 1907 72nd St., was booked into Parish Prison on the fugitive warrants — for felony theft, two counts of theft of goods and simple assault — as well as one count each of resisting an officer with force or violence, resisting arrest, simple criminal damage to property and battery of a police officer.