Police and fire briefs for April 15, 2014

Man forces school bus driver to take him home

A Baton Rouge man armed with a handgun on Monday forced his ex-girfriend to drive her empty school bus from her residence to his home almost six miles away, a police spokesman said.

Jock Jones, 37, released the victim as police arrived, but barricaded himself in his house for several minutes until he surrendered without incident at about 9:20 a.m., Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

The residence, though, is two blocks from Capitol Elementary School, prompting the police, as a precaution, to order a lockdown at the school for about an hour until the situation was resolved, Coppola said.

The incident started at about 6:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of Hillmont Drive in the Park Forest area when Jones showed up at the house of the victim, an East Baton Rouge Parish school bus driver, and forced her to drive him to his residence, Coppola said. She had not started her routes, so no children were on board the bus, he said.

Police were alerted to the incident by a witness and learned that the victim might have been taken to the Billops Street location, Coppola said.

Jones, 4159 Billops St., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated kidnapping, illegal possession of a weapon and carjacking, Coppola said.

Man, 27, killed when pickup hits tree, flips

A 27-year-old man died Sunday night after his pickup ran off Milldale Road in East Baton Rouge Parish, struck a tree and flipped over, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Justin Bradley Bourg, 21327 Jon Michelli Drive, Baton Rouge, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident, spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

The fatal crash occurred at 8:34 p.m. at 14356 Milldale, Hicks said.

Deputies said Bourg was driving west on Milldale in his 2004 Ford F-150 when he crossed the center line, ran off the road, hit a tree and flipped over, Hicks said.

Deputies are awaiting results of a toxicology test, Hicks said.

Authorities arrest three on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including a Baton Rouge man on a fourth-offense DWI — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Sherman Pierson, 55, 6461 Vineyard Drive, Baton Rouge, fourth-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and reckless operation.
  • Tracy Fontenot, 49, 1231 Chippenham Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and failure to yield at intersection.
  • Michael Hayden, 24, 8628 Wartelle St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, and lacking required headlights and taillights.

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