A Washington Parish deputy stopped a Ford F-150 near City Limits Road in Bogalusa for a traffic offense February 1 and ended up in a foot chase.
The passenger gave his name as Brad D. Sharp and gave a date of birth. But no record was found and he was asked to exit the vehicle. He immediately fled. The foot pursuit went down several streets, through the yard of a residence and then into woods. While running through the woods in the dark, both the passenger and the deputy became entangled in thick vegetation.
The deputy discharged his taser, striking the passenger on his lower right side. The passenger attempted to crawl away but the deputy was able to take him into custody.
During a search, a digital scale and $1,504 cash was discovered in his pockets. While in the Sheriff’s Office vehicle, the passenger stated that he was having difficulty breathing due to swallowing a bag of marijuana. He was transported to the hospital and treated by emergency room personnel. While at the hospital, the passenger also admitted to swallowing ecstasy and Percocet.
The subject was finally identified as Brandon D. Short (30), a resident of Redmond Heights. After being discharged from the emergency room, Short was booked on the charges of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer and resisting an officer by flight. He got out of jail the same day after posting bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated. “It is always dangerous when a deputy has to stop a vehicle at night. The deputy has no idea who is in the vehicle, what their intent might be or whether or not there are any weapons present. This night-time stop became even more dangerous for our deputy when the suspect fled on foot and the deputy chased him through dark woods. Thankfully, no one was injured and the bad guy was taken into custody. This is yet another example of the great job our deputies do to protect us, even while we are at home sleeping.”