Desmond Clark

After a brief pursuit Wednesday night, Baton Rouge police arrested a man accused of chasing and shooting at his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in August, according to a police report.

The ex-girlfriend told police that a maroon Chrysler 200 started following the couple as they left a gas station in the 2200 block of Chippewa Street on the evening of Aug. 12, according to the report. The couple pulled over in front of a church at the corner of Tecumseh Street and Erie Street to let the vehicle pass, but the driver, then recognized as 27-year-old Desmond Clark, pulled up next to their vehicle and pointed a silver handgun at them.

The male victim then drove away as Clark started shooting, hitting the victim's vehicle five times, including one shot that pierced the gas tank, police said. After turning down Winbourne Avenue and onto Plank Road, the couple pulled into the First District police station. Clark stopped shooting and sped away, according to an officer who saw the vehicle drive away from the station.

During their investigation, officers found a spent shell casing from a 9mm handgun in the 2400 block of Huron Street, according to the report. Residents on Tecumseh Street showed officers a video of a maroon vehicle chasing another car as bystanders ran and ducked for cover. The ex-girlfriend told police she feared for her life if Clark wasn't caught soon, according to the report.

On Wednesday, two months after the incident, an officer was patrolling on Scenic Highway in Scotlandville when he saw a man, later identified as Clark, driving without engaging his seat belt, according to a second police report. When the officer tried to pulled Clark over, Clark turned into the Kelly Terrace Apartments on Rosenwald Road and tried to drive over the grass to escape the officer, but crashed into an air conditioning unit.

Police said Clark then pushed a 7-year-old boy out the passenger door, locked the car and crouched down in the passenger seat. Three other boys, ages 4, 6 and 9, were in the back of the car and not wearing their seat belts, according to the report. Clark was then arrested and police found a loaded Ruger SR9C semiautomatic pistol between the passenger's seat and the center console, according to the report.

Clark, of 1900 Blount Road, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of attempted second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated damage to property, illegal use of a weapon, seat belt violation, four counts of child restraint violation, four counts contributing to the endangerment of a minor, one count of flight from an officer, resisting an officer, and aggravated damage to property.

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