Officer injured while pursuing fleeing suspect, man arrested

Officer injured while pursuing fleeing suspect, man arrested

POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 4:04pm

A police officer in Covington was briefly hospitalized after he was injured during the pursuit of a fleeing suspect.

Officials tell us the incident happened at roughly 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. We’re told detectives were given a tip regarding the location of Vincent Alexander, 23, an accused drug dealer who was wanted by police.

Detectives followed up on the tip and located Alexander in the 900 block of West 31st Avenue. However, Alexander attempted to outrun police on foot.

We’re told an officer became tangled in a roll of barbed wire during the chase and had to be taken to the St. Tammany Parish Hospital for treatment.

Alexander was caught and arrested for two counts of Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics (crack cocaine) and two counts of Violation of a Drug Free Zone.

Alexander was also wanted for his connection to the burglary of a convenience store on Columbia Street. He was additionally charged with Simple Burglary.

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