Man dies in Denham Springs crash after high-speed police chase

Man dies in Denham Springs crash after high-speed police chase
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 2:06pm

An unidentified man died in a car crash in Denham Springs on Tuesday morning around 6:00 a.m.

According to a police report from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, a Walker police officer noticed sparks flying from a pick-up truck that was traveling on just three wheels.

The truck then crashed into a wooded area near the Walker Police Department. The driver abandoned the truck and fled the scene.

Walker police later learned that the truck had been stolen out of a neighboring parish.

Walker police were able to get surveillance images of the driver from a convenience store where he stopped for water.

During the search, officers got a report of a stolen vehicle in the Duff Road area.

At the same time, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion on Juban Road in Denham Springs around 6:50 a.m.

A white man allegedly entered the garage of an occupied home, but ran away when the owner confronted him. No injuries were reported from this home invasion.

LPSO gave a description of the suspect and suspect vehicle to other law enforcement in the area.

Denham Springs officers later saw the vehicle on South Range Avenue near Vincent Road in Denham Springs.

After seeing the police cars, the suspect swerved off of Range Avenue, and drove through nearby parking lots and side streets.

At this point, Denham Springs Police chased the suspect, who officers say was weaving through traffic, speeding, and driving aggressively.

As the driver approached 4-H Club road, morning traffic was backed up. The driver lost control and crashed into a tree.

The driver, who died as a result of the crash, matches the description of Walker Police’s surveillance images & the description taken by members of LPSO after the home invasion.

The truck has been identified as the one stolen from Duff Road in Walker.

Identification of the suspect will be released after Louisiana State Police notify next of kin. 

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