N.O. murder suspect arrested in Ascension Parish

A man suspected in a New Orleans murder was arrested Thursday in Ascension Parish after he led police on a vehicular and foot chase.

Antwine Smith, 37, of New Orleans, was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison on a warrant for the New Orleans murder and charges related to the pursuit, said Capt. Doug Cain, a State Police spokesman.

About 3 p.m., a state trooper saw a 2008 Infiniti G35 traveling west at more than 100 mph on Interstate 10 near Airline Highway. The car stopped but quickly sped away again, Cain said.

The pursuit continued through Sorrento and into Gonzales, at which point the trooper ended the chase and broadcast a description of the vehicle to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies found the vehicle on Cully Broussard Road, just off Oak Grove-Port Vincent Highway, in Prairieville, where an eyewitness told them Smith had left the vehicle and begun to run, Cain said. Smith was found hiding in nearby woods and was arrested for speeding and aggravated flight from an officer.

Troopers booked Smith into the Ascension Parish Prison on those charges, and he will be sent back to New Orleans for the outstanding homicide warrant.

Smith is wanted for the slaying of Merle Offray just after midnight on July 21 outside the Chocolate Bar in the 500 block of South Broad Street, said Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.