Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Jan. 6, 2013

Motorist ran over man with car, deputies say

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Friday accused of chasing down and running over another man with an automobile in September 2012 in a neighborhood off O’Neal Lane.

Deputies booked Jonathan Bell, 26, 11642 Flamingo Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of attempted second-degree murder, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Bell also was booked on counts of aggravated second-degree battery, domestic abuse battery with strangulation and false imprisonment in a July 2012 beating of the mother of his children, arrest documents said.

On Sept. 6, 2012, a man was walking Bell’s former girlfriend home in an alley behind Derby Drive, just off O’Neal Lane, when the couple noticed a maroon vehicle speeding in their direction.

The man shoved Bell’s ex-girlfriend to safety before running away near Derby Drive. Eventually the car ran over the man, arrest documents said.

The man suffered abrasions to his chest and hips as well as a hip fracture in the battery.

The incident was preceded by a phone call from Bell to his ex-girlfriend in which he warned “that the victim deserved to be hit,” the affidavit said.

It was unclear if the ex-girlfriend is the same woman who was a victim in the July 2012 beating.

In the July 2012 beating, Bell is accused of punching the mother of his children several times at their Skysail Avenue apartment, then choking her with a phone charger cord until she passed out, according to a warrant issued in August 2012.

Deputies arrest man in woman’s slashing

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a man accused of attacking a woman Friday night with a knife-like object outside the Rite Aid at Millerville Road and Old Hammond Highway.

Deputies booked Mervin Ambrass Eugene, 31, 14623 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated battery and resisting an officer, according to an probable cause affidavit.

The woman was about to walk into the store at about 8 p.m. when Eugene appeared and sliced her in the face with a sharp blade, causing the woman to fall to the ground bleeding and screaming for help, the affidavit said.

The woman told investigators she didn’t know the man, Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said in an email Sunday.

Deputies located Eugene at a group home across the street from the Rite Aid shortly after the attack. Eugene insisted he did not want to go to jail and resisted arrest before eventually being placed in handcuffs, the affidavit said.

Authorities book seven on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Brittney Burckel, 26, 921 Robbie St., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, stop sign/yield sign violation and careless operation.
  • Leon Cooks, 39, 1860 Boulevard De Province, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to change address on a driver’s license and headlights required.
  • Kevin Gagnon, 48, 670 Main St., Courtland, Miss., first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Cindy Hollier, 56, 337 Janmar Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in vehicle, driver’s license not on person and stopping vehicle in roadway.
  • Hannah Lentz, 18, 37260 S. Lakeshore Ave., Prairieville, first-offense DWI, hit-and-run and reckless operation.
  • James Melton, 54, 169 Melton Lane, Greensburg, first-offense DWI, failure to signal/improper turn, equipment violation, drinking in a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana.
  • Ricky Moore, 55, 15066 Holiday Holla Lane, Howard, Ohio, second-offense DWI, license plate switched, careless operation and driver’s license expired.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.