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March 20, 2020

WPSO: Picayune Woman Jailed After High Speed Chase

While on routine patrol Friday morning (March 20, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol
Sergeant Jay Dupre was traveling north on Highway 21 behind a truck bearing a Mississippi license plate. He observed the truck enter the lane of oncoming traffic and pass a tractor truck and trailer along with three other vehicles in an unsafe manner.

Sgt. Dupre activated his lights and siren but the driver continued northbound at high rates of speed reaching one hundred miles per hour, traveling through the Village of Varnado at approximately eighty miles per hour.

Sgt. David Cupp was in the north part of the parish at that time and positioned himself at the intersection of Highways 21 and 1071 along with Angie police officer Dillon Miller. Sgt. Cupp was prepared to deploy a spike strip to slow the approaching speeding vehicle.

Seeing the officers positioned ahead, the driver pulled to the shoulder of Highway 21. Sgt. Dupre ordered her out of the vehicle and placed her in handcuffs. The driver was then identified as Elizabeth Danielle Bossier, age 27 and a resident of Lilac Drive in Picayune, Mississippi. A records check indicated that Bossier has never held a driver’s license from any state.

Bossier was transported to the Washington Parish Jail where she is being held for aggravated flight from an officer and driving without a license.

“When a driver flees while being pursued by a law enforcement officer,” said Sheriff Randy Seal, “the officer never knows who might be driving the vehicle or whether or not the person is armed or might be wanted for a previous crime. This is always a potentially dangerous situation for any officer. Miss Bossier obviously was driving in an unsafe manner and did not need to be behind the wheel. In spite of all this, she likely would have received a ticket and saved herself a trip to jail if she had only yielded to the officer and pulled off of the road when the blue lights and siren were activated. Perhaps she thought she could make it safely across the state line. Who knows? In this case, it did not work out for her.”

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