Attempted traffic stop for expired inspection sticker sparks high speed chase
POSTED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 2:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 2:19pm
HOUMA, LA (NBC33) — An attempted traffic stop for an expired inspection sticker resulted in a high speed chase that ended with a foot pursuit through a cemetery.
The Houma Police Department reports that the incident occurred on Saturday, March 2 at roughly 2:30 p.m. We’re told an officer was patrolling in the area of East Street and St. Joseph Street when he noticed a vehicle with an inspection sticker that had expired in July 2012.
The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver reportedly sped off at a high rate of speed. The driver allegedly disobeyed several traffic laws during the chase, and eventually abandoned the vehicle in Authement Park.
Officials say the driver attempted to outrun police on foot and was seen discarding a small bag, which was later recovered and contained marijuana. He was eventually apprehended in a cemetery located between Larry and Isabel Street.
Once apprehended, the suspect’s vehicle was searched and marijuana was recovered.
The suspect, Ernest Norris, 31, was arrested and charged with for Expired MVI sticker, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of CDS I (marijuana), Obstruction of Justice and Resisting an Officer. He was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.