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April 29, 2024

Amite Man's Reckless Rampage: Arrested by WPSO After High-Speed Chase and Collision with Law Enforcement

On Friday (April 26, 2024), at approximately 3:16 PM, Sgt. NeSmith of the Washington Parish 
Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Northwood Drive in Bogalusa, La., in response to reports of a disturbance. Dispatch informed Sgt. NeSmith that the individual causing the disturbance was driving a red Dodge pickup, trespassing on properties and yelling out the window.

Upon arrival, Sgt. NeSmith observed the red Dodge exiting the rear of a residence. Sgt. NeSmith attempted to approach the vehicle, but the driver fled the scene upon seeing law enforcement, and the vehicle was pursued, with Deputy Seal joining in the pursuit.

The suspect, identified as 36 year-old Jeremy Kihneman of Amite, led officers on a dangerous chase through residential areas, driving at excessive speeds and endangering the public. The pursuit culminated on Lewis Lane, where Kihneman spun out in a yard and lost control on the dead end road.

Deputy Seal attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle, resulting in a collision between the suspect's vehicle and Deputy Seal's unit. Despite this, Kihneman resisted arrest until Sgt. NeSmith and Deputy Seal were able to safely apprehend him.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Kihneman was under the influence of a controlled substance and had also consumed alcohol. Additionally, weapons were found in his possession, including a firearm and homemade brass knuckles.

Kihneman was transported to Our Lady of the Angels Hospital for medical evaluation due to his intoxicated state. After being cleared by medical personnel, he was taken into custody and charged with multiple offenses including disturbing the peace, criminal damage to property, resisting arrest, and aggravated flight from an officer.

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal commends the swift and coordinated efforts of Sgt. NeSmith, Deputy Seal, and all involved in ensuring the safety of the community and bringing the suspect to justice.

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