Police: High speed chase ends with driver accused of attempted murder

A driver of a white Porche Cayenne led officers on a high speed chase, running traffic signals, swerving into oncoming traffic an even forcing detectives to jump out of his path, Baton Rouge Police announced.

Damien Lewis, 36, of 2254 71st St. in Baton Rouge, now faces several criminal charges including attempted first degree murder police officer, according to court records.

An affidavit describes how officers first observed Lewis after 10 p.m., swerving in and out of lanes without a signal in the 2300 block of Evangeline St.

Lewis stopped initially, but when officers spoke to him through his front window, he sped away through a red light at Scenic Highway and Hollywood Drive and continued to flee, often at 20 miles per hour over posted limits, running through stop signs and traffic signals, according to the affidavit.

Officers managed to stop him again, this time on Hollywood Drive, but then he accelerated at a group of officers, forcing them to jump out of his path, according to the affidavit.

Lewis finally stopped in his driveway at 2254 71st St., but wouldn’t obey commands to exit the car, requiring officers to force him from the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

He was booked into Parish Prison, where in addition to the attempted murder count, he faces a variety of traffic counts and a drug possession count.

The affidavit says Lewis has an extensive record including arrests on narcotics, firearms and resisting officer counts.