Officer flips cruiser during chase; motorist crashes, flees

Slick roads Friday night caused a Baton Rouge police officer and the driver she was chasing to lose control of their cars on their way to the Interstate 10 bridge, a police spokesman said.

Things got started about 9:30 p.m. Friday when the officer tried to stop the driver of a red Nissan Altima for a traffic violation in south Baton Rouge.

Instead of pulling over, the driver headed to Interstate 10 West and toward the Mississippi River bridge, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

While in pursuit, the officer tried to round the curve toward the bridge, lost control and hit a guard rail, flipping the cruiser onto its side.

“Slick driving conditions, we believe, played a part in the crash,” he said.

The driver of the Nissan also lost control and smacked a guard rail, McKneely said. The car lost power and the driver ran away, but police have the car.

The officer was treated for minor injuries and released, McKneely said.