High speed chase ends with vehicle in flames

High speed chase ends with vehicle in flames
Photos provided by Thibodaux Police Department

POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 8:30am

UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 8:34am

Two men are in custody after a drive-by shooting led to a vehicle pursuit with two vehicles being hit before the suspect vehicle exploded into flames.

During the morning hours of June 6, the passengers of a Silver/Gold colored Truck shot at a home in the 1200 Block of St. Charles Street before fleeing the scene.

While Police were searching for the vehicle, a Police cruiser was nearly struck head on by a vehicle matching that description on Talbot Avenue near Veterans.

A high speed chase ensued, with the vehicle crashing into one vehicle at Talbot Avenue and Duplantis, and speeding off before striking a second vehicle further down on Duplantis. The suspect vehicle exploded into flames after striking the second vehicle.

The passenger, Loron Smith, quickly surrendered to Police, and the driver, Jason Chatman, was caught after a brief foot pursuit. Thankfully, no one innocent was seriously injured in the crashes.

The Schriever Fire Department quickly responded to contain the fire, which had a smoke pillar around two-hundred feet in the air.

Chatman, 24, was charged with Aggravated Flight From An Officer and is facing charges from State Police for two counts of Hit-And-Run, Reckless Operation, and No Driver’s License.

Smith, 20, was arrested on a Warrant for Failure To Appear For Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile out of Terrebonne. 

Thibodaux Detectives Bureau are investigating Chatman and Smith for the drive-by shooting.

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