BELLE ROSE — An Assumption Parish narcotics detective fired three shots at a man who almost hit him with his car during an attempted escape from a drug sting, the Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.
The man who was driving the car, Russell L. Prean, 30, 220-A Freetown Lane, Belle Rose, was arrested on counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, aggravated flight from an officer and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, deputies said Thursday.
Deputies converged on Prean Tuesday evening after he stopped at a predetermined location along La. 308 in Belle Rose under the belief he was to deliver crack cocaine to a buyer, deputies said.
Prean remained in his car as detectives tried to block him, deputies said. Prean then attempted to drive away, first backing up then driving forward toward the detective, deputies said.
Two of the three shots from the detective’s gun hit Prean’s white 1995 Mercury, deputies said.
The detective got out of the way of Prean’s car, deputies said.
Prean was later captured behind a house on Freetown Lane after he fled on foot through a cane field, deputies said.
Detectives found cocaine, crack cocaine, $220 and other personal items on Prean, deputies said.
Neither the detective nor Prean was injured, deputies said.
Prean remained in the Assumption Parish Detention Center in Napoleonville Thursday awaiting bail to be set, deputies said.