Florida Parishes bureau
January 12, 2013
WALKER — Police arrested two felons following a 12-mile high-speed chase Wednesday, one a fugitive from Alabama and Mississippi, the Walker Police Department reported Friday.
When the chase ended with a collision, police found inside the suspects’ truck a shotgun and items taken in a burglary, police reported.
After a report that two men in a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck were trying to buy drugs, an officer spotted the vehicle and determined it was registered to Manuel V. Brown, 51, of Denham Springs, who had an extensive criminal history and was a fugitive from Alabama and Mississippi, according a Walker Police Department press release.
When officers tried to stop the truck, the driver accelerated down Florida Boulevard, forcing other motorists off the roadway, police said.
After turning north onto La. 16, Brown’s pickup struck a vehicle, slowing down the pickup and giving police cars a chance “to box Brown in,” officers reported.
Brown refused to get out of the truck, yelling he was not going back to jail, and started fighting with arresting officers, Capt. John Sharp said.
Passenger Richard Bogan, 58, of Jennings, was arrested without incident, police said.
The driver of the vehicle Brown’s pickup hit, Ashley Dorsey, 37, of Denham Springs, was taken to a hospital for treatment of apparent minor injuries, Sharp said.
Found in the pickup, along with the shotgun, were two pillow cases containing numerous items of jewelry and electronic devices, a laptop computer, generator, pressure washer, two guitars and two amplifiers, Sharp said.
Further investigation revealed that many of the items were taken during a burglary in Killian earlier Wednesday, he said.
Brown was booked on a Louisiana Probation and Parole warrant, a fugitive felony warrant from Harrison County, Miss., and a felony warrant from Jefferson County, Ala., Sharp said.
Brown also was booked on counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated obstruction of a highway, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and speeding, Sharp said.
Brown was held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center with bail set at $101,303, although he was ineligible for release due to holds placed on him by the states of Alabama and Mississippi.
Bogan was booked on counts of illegal possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $51,000, Sharp said.