LAFAYETTE — An Amelia man wanted on warrants for kidnapping and battery led a St. Mary sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase early Wednesday before crashing his vehicle in Bayou Vista.
Jovian Jerome Clark, 31, was booked on a host of offenses related to the chase after his release from Teche Regional Medical Center.
He was also booked on one count of second-degree kidnapping stemming from an incident March 26 in which he allegedly held a female hostage in a vehicle while threatening her life, said Traci Landry, public information officer for the St. Mary Sheriff’s Office.
Clark also was wanted on a warrant from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office on counts of domestic abuse battery and domestic abuse battery by strangulation, Landry said in a news release.
The chain of events that led to Clark’s 4:02 a.m. arrest started with an argument between Clark and another person at a residence off La. 182 in Bayou Vista, which was investigated by a deputy who spotted Clark’s vehicle and knew there were warrants for his arrest, Landry said.
“The deputy initiated a traffic stop,” Landry said, which Clark reportedly ignored and sped away.
“Clark then lost control of the vehicle, crashing into the ditch at the corner of Saturn Street and Jupiter Road,” she said.
After his release from Teche Regional, Clark was booked on the following counts: aggravated flight from an officer; two counts of stop sign violation; reckless operation of a vehicle; failure to yield to vehicles approaching or entering an intersection; simple criminal damage to property; and no seat belt.
Clark was booked in the previous warrants on counts of terrorizing, illegal possession of stolen things, resisting an officer and improper language and harassment during telephone communications, the release stated.