Louisiana State Police Lead on Chase from Lake Charles to Lafayette
Two men, one from Jeanerette, and a second from New Iberia were arrested after leading Louisiana State Police (LSP) Troop D and multiple law enforcement agencies on a pursuit down Interstate-10 from Lake Charles, through several parishes, and ending in Lafayette.
According to a media release, "a LSP Trooper attempted to stop a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic on March 20, after 8 am, for a traffic violation on Interstate-10, 6 miles west of Iowa, LA. The driver, identified as Keith Anderson Harris, 35, of Jeanerette, failed to stop, leading troopers through eastern Calcasieu Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Acadia Parish, and into Lafayette. Spike strips were deployed but were unsuccessful. Harris struck two vehicles as he exited I-10 onto Ambassador Caffery Parkway".
"Harris and the passenger, identified as 28-year-old Qwayland Michael of New Iberia, fled from the moving vehicle towards a nearby hotel. Michael was apprehended in the parking lot of the hotel and Harris was located in a maintenance closet within the hotel", said the media release.
Harris now faces a multitude of charges, including aggravated flight, resisting by flight, 2 counts of reckless operation, 2 counts of hit-and-run, passing on the shoulder, improper lane use, no driver’s license, and no seat belt. Harris was processed at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center before being transported to Lake Charles and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center.
Michael was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for resisting by flight and for an active warrant.
The Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Acadia Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted with the 65 minute pursuit, with no injuries or law enforcement vehicle damage reported.