An East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy who was driving to work Wednesday morning arrested a 21-year-old man accused of eluding troopers during a chase that ended with the arrests of two others Tuesday, State Police reported.
The deputy spotted Christopher L. Barnwell, of Elberta, Alabama, walking into a convenience store near Florida Boulevard and Pete’s Highway shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Trooper First Class Jared L. Sandifer said in a news release. The deputy recognized Barnwell after seeing him in a news report Tuesday, Sandifer said.
Barnwell was allegedly driving a stolen rental car on Interstate 12 on Tuesday morning when troopers tried to stop him. He drove the 2015 Nissan Altima to a parking lot on U.S. 190 east of La. 1026, and fled into the woods with two other people, police said.
While Barnwell initially escaped, police arrested his companions, Charles A. Goss-Richards, 21, of Foley, Alabama; and Amanda R. Atkins, 35, of Bon Secour, Alabama.
Authorities found drug paraphernalia in and around the vehicle, Sandifer said.
Barnwell was booked into Livingston Parish Jail on counts of speeding, resisting an officer by flight, illegal possession of stolen things, switched license plate, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also being held on several fugitive warrants out of Alabama, Sandifer said.