Man fleeing police crashes into several cars

A man accused of cocaine possession fled from officers in his pickup truck, crashing into several police cars before his eventual arrest Wednesday night, Baton Rouge police say.

Police began following Jason Johnson, 38, after they received a tip about a man dealing drugs and saw Johnson conduct a transaction with another man on Choctaw Drive, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Some officers tried to follow the other man and lost track of him soon after.

But when police tried to pull Johnson over, he tried to speed off in the white Chevrolet Silverado. The vehicle left the road and rammed into several police cars, nearly hitting detectives who jumped out of the way, the affidavit says.

Johnson then ran into a fence and drove 2 miles before he crashed his car and tried to flee on foot, the affidavit says. He was apprehended soon after and was found with more than 20 grams of cocaine and $3,200 in cash, according to the affidavit.

Johnson, of 1935 Choctaw Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on Thursday on counts of attempted murder of a police officer, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, aggravated criminal damage to property, aggravated flight from an officer and resisting an officer.

The affidavit says Baton Rouge detectives already were familiar with Johnson because of his prior convictions for narcotics distribution.

Five people booked on suspicion of DWI in EBR

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Edio Argueta, 46, 8773 Ned Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane use, driver’s license required and reckless operation.
  • Kendrick Collins, 29, 3815 Eaton St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Anthony Gibson, 51, 368 Elmer Ave., Baton Rouge, aggravated assault upon a peace officer, second-offense DWI and resisting an officer.
  • Eddie Hayes, 27, 8235 Southern Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and reckless operation.
  • Zachary Preuett, 23, 20487 La. 167 North, Dry Prong, first-offense DWI and parking where prohibited.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.