October 15, 2018

Parish Man Bonds Out Within Hours After 120 MPH Chase

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Jay Dupre was operating radar on Highway 10
between Bogalusa and Franklinton late in the evening of October 11, 2018 and clocked an approaching vehicle at 89 mph in the 55 mph zone. The pursuit that followed reached speeds at up to 120 miles per hour.

The speeding vehicle entered the City of Bogalusa, continuing eastbound on Sunset Drive, then Union Avenue, then ran several stop signs before turning onto Sabine Street. At that time, Bogalusa Police Department officer Anthony Jones joined in the pursuit. Deputy Dupre conducted a tactical maneuver, forcing the fleeing vehicle to spin around in the road, at which time Officer Jones blocked the vehicle with his patrol unit.

The officers were removing the driver from the vehicle when the driver intentionally struck Officer Jones in the head with his elbow. Deputy Dupre and Officer Jones were able to subdue the driver, identified as Kelvin Jewel Thomas (19), a resident of Highway 424. Thomas reportedly said he fled because he had marijuana in his vehicle and that he had thrown the marijuana out of the car while being pursued.

Thomas was charged with excessive noise, speeding 31-40 over the speed limit,  aggravated flight from an officer, resisting and officer with force or violence, simple battery on a police officer, obstruction of justice, and four counts of running a stop sign.

Thomas remained in jail only a few hours before posting a $10,000 bond for his release. A teen-age female who was in the vehicle with Thomas was not charged and was released to the custody of her mother.

Sheriff Randy Seal is grateful the chase ended without serious injury to any person. “Such excessive speed is a formula for disaster. I congratulate Deputy Dupre and Officer Jones for being able to end the chase and take him into custody. Night-time chases like this are frightening. There is no way the officer can know who is fleeing, whether it is possibly a fugitive or someone who has just committed a serious crime. I am so pleased everyone went home safe.”

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