Police and fire briefs for January 15, 2014

Police: Man ran over officer’s leg after chase

Baton Rouge police arrested a man Tuesday and accused him of running over a police officer’s leg with his car on Airline Highway late Monday following a long chase.

Ronald McKneely, 38, 3836 Brady St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated assault on a police officer with a vehicle, aggravated flight from a police officer, resisting an officer and possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and II drugs.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Don Coppola Jr. said police do not think McKneely meant to hit the officer while trying to escape.

“If he had intent to strike the officer, it would have been a much greater charge,” Coppola said.

An officer attempted to pull McKneely over on Plank Road after he saw McKneely driving without a license plate. McKneely did pull over, but quickly got back in the car and sped off, the affidavit said.

The officer chased McKneely on interstates 10 and 12 and onto Airline Highway, where other Baton Rouge police units attempted to box McKneely in.

Once they were able to box him in, an officer got out and demanded he exit the car, the affidavit said.

While the officer stood outside the vehicle, McKneely drove forward, running over the officer’s leg. Officers fired a stun gun and arrested McKneely, at which time they saw marijuana and crack cocaine in the vehicle, the affidavit said.

Police book 3rd suspect in Jan. 5 shooting case

The third man wanted in the Jan. 5 shooting on St. Charles Street that left three people wounded, including the suspect, has been arrested.

Baton Rouge police booked Madison Robinson, 29, 985 N. Donmoor Ave., Apt. 6, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, illegal discharge of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.

Robinson, Ryan Boater, 27, and Warren Jackson, 27, went to the 4550 St. Charles St. to buy marijuana, but when they got to the house, Robinson pulled out a handgun and demanded the people inside the home empty their pockets, according to the arrest warrant.

While Boatner was sifting through the victim’s pockets, Robinson began shooting at the victims, hitting two, before another person grabbed a handgun and returned fire, the warrant said.

Robinson was hit and taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City by Jackson and Boatner with what was described at the time as life-threatening injuries, the warrant said.

Police arrested Boatner and Jackson at the hospital and while Boatner was being held in a holding cell at the East Baton Rouge Violent Crime Unit, he escaped, eluding authorities for several hours.

Authorities book two on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Reginald Cossett, 18, 7312 Meadowbrook Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license not in possession and simple obstruction of public highway.

Berron Ware, 49, 12600 Velda Cove, Little Rock, Ark., first-offense DWI, negligent vehicle injuring and careless operation.

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