POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 2:55pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — What started as a simple traffic stop ended with a dangerous 45-minute chase on various streets throughout Baton Rouge. The suspect was eventually apprehended after he crashed his vehicle, and now he’s facing nearly a dozen criminal charges.
It all began shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. A deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Eric Jones, 25, of Baton Rouge.
“While traveling behind the vehicle Deputies observed the vehicle turn right off N. Eugene onto Main Street without using a turn signal,” the report noted. “The driver then pulled the vehicle over on Main Street near Atkinson Street. When
Deputies exited their unit in an attempt to contact the driver…Jones yelled ‘what the [expletive] y’all want [expletive.]”
At that point deputies claim Jones took off in his vehicle. They followed him down several streets as he allegedly ran red lights and stop signs.
“Jones then drove his vehicle across the front yards of several residences on Glen Oaks Drive in an attempt to avoid Deputies,” the report continued. “Jones later drove his vehicle on to Airline Hwy. and entered onto I-110 southbound.”
As the chase continued, Jones allegedly forced vehicles off the roadway. The Baton Rouge Police Department assisted in the pursuit and noted that Jones caused damage to “several police units.”
“Severe damage was caused to the police unit as well as the officer having to seek medical attention at the hospital,” stated the report filed by the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The Baton Rouge Police Department’s Air Support Unit also assisted with the pursuit. They reported seeing Jones throw a black handgun from the window on Scenic Hwy behind the Triangle Food Mart. However, deputies later searched the area, but did not find a gun.
“Jones also drove his vehicle off the roadway and into the grass, barley missing many pedestrians,” the report noted. “After several passes made in the Adams area, Jones crashed his vehicle into a ditch in the 2200 block of Adams Ave.”
After the crash Jones allegedly attempted to run, but he was quickly apprehended. After he was placed in custody they performed a search of his vehicle and located an open bottle of New Amsterdam Gin. Jones was asked to submit to a breathalyzer, but he refused.
Jones was arrested and charged with Aggravated Flight from an Officer (2 counts), Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Resisting an Officer, Suspended Driver’s License, Failure to Signal, Open Container in a Motor Vehicle, Improper Equipment. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond is set at $50,000.