POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 1:04pm
Walker, La — A 12 mile vehicle pursuit by Walker Police Wednesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of two convicted felons, one of whom was a fugitive from Alabama and Mississippi. Arrested were driver Manuel V. Brown, 51, of Denham Springs and his passenger, Richard Bogan, 58, of Jennings, LA.
The pursuit began after Walker Police were dispatched to a complaint that two men in a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck were trying to purchase narcotics. As Walker Police were responding to the complaint, a truck matching the description of the vehicle provided by the complainant was seen leaving the area. Instead of immediately attempting to stop the vehicle however, an officer called in the vehicle. Within seconds, he learned that the vehicle owner, Brown, had an extensive criminal background, was considered a violent, repeat offender, and eas a fugitive from Alabama and Mississippi and was wanted by Louisiana Probation and Parole authorities as well.
After Brown turned west on Florida Blvd., heading toward Denham Springs, the officer attempted to make a traffic stop; Brown accelerated in an effort to flee. As Brown sped down Florida Blvd. at speeds in excess of 85 mph, Walker Police observed him cross the center lane several times, forcing other motorists off the roadway. As the pursuit crossed out of the Walker city limits on Florida Blvd., police notified the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office of the chase and direction of travel.
“As Brown approached the intersection of Florida Blvd. and Burgess Avenue, he sped recklessly through the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel convenience store before heading north on Burgess Avenue,” Sharp reported. “Brown then turned west onto Lockhart Road, continuing at a high rate of speed, ignoring traffic control signs and signals and the safety of other motorists.” As Brown reached the intersection of Lockhart Road and Highway 16, Brown turned north, again cutting through the parking lot of a convenience store. As the pursuit reached Cane Market Road, Brown slowed to turn east on Cane Market. However, Brown misjudged the turn and struck a vehicle which had pulled to the side to allow the pursuit to pass.
The impact of the collision slowed Brown enough that the Walker Police units were able to box Brown in and prevent the chase from continuing. Brown was determined to avoid arrest however, and refused officers’ orders to get out of the truck. “Our officers issued several commands for Brown to exit the vehicle which he refused to obey, yelling to officers that he was not going back to jail,” Captain John Sharp explained. “Left with no alternative, our officers approached the truck and physically removed Brown from the driver’s compartment.” After being pulled from the truck, Brown fought the officers’ efforts to secure him with handcuffs. “Unable to obtain Mr. Brown’s compliance so that our officers could handcuff him, he was told that continued resistance would force our officers to use an alternative means to subdue him,” Sharp explained. “Mr. Brown ignored the warnings, at which point he was tased.” Following use of the Taser device, Brown became more cooperative and was handcuffed and placed in the rear of a police vehicle.
Police then turned attention to the truck passenger, Richard Bogan, who was still seated in the truck. On the seat of the truck next to Bogan was a shotgun which was later found to be loaded. “Mr. Bogan was removed from the truck, handcuffed and transported without incident to the Walker Police Department.” Sharp stated.
Livingston Sheriff’s Deputies quickly arrived at the scene and assisted Walker officers with the arrests.
Deputies also attended to the traffic accident and the injured driver. She was treated by first responders at the scene, then transported by Acadian Ambulance to a local hospital with what were believe to be minor injuries.
Brown’s vehicle was towed to the Walker Police Department for an inventory search and processing, prior to storage. Found in the truck, along with the shotgun, were two pillow cases containing numerous items of jewelry and electronic devices, a laptop computer, a generator, a pressure washer, two guitars and two amplifiers. Through further investigation it was learned that many of the items were taken during a burglary in Killian earlier in the day.
Brown was arrested and charged on an outstanding Louisiana Probation and Parole Warrant, an outstanding fugitive felony warrant from Harrison County, Mississippi, and an outstanding fugitive felony warrant from Jefferson County, Alabama. Brown was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated obstruction of a highway, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and speeding.
Bogan was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center after being arrested and charged with illegal possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Additional charges against both men are possible and an investigation is continuing.