POSTED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 2:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 4:11pm
A routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase near Denham Springs Tuesday afternoon. According to police, a State Trooper tried to pull 35-year-old Joseph Ballard over because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. That's when troopers say Ballard took off.
They say he led state troopers East on I-12 to 4-H Club Road. Troopers say he got out of his vehicle and ran into the woods. Police searched for the man with helicopters, search dogs, and on foot. They were assisted by Livingston Parish deputies.
That search was called off around 4 this afternoon. Police say they have a warrant for Ballard's arrest. He's charged with resisting arrest by fleeing an officer, reckless driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and having a switched license plate.