End of high speed chase in Louisiana looks like scene from ‘Dukes of Hazzard’.
An 18-year-old is back in police custody after a chase and dramatic crash during which a pickup went airborne and landed on a car in Webster Parish.
Kevonte Dekorey Austin, 18, an escaped work-release participant, was taken into custody.
Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton said the events began to unfold when a deputy pulled over the driver of a Toyota Tacoma speeding on U.S. Highway 371.
As the deputy spoke with the driver outside the pickup, the truck’s passenger slid into the driver’s seat and sped off. What happened next was a police chase with one of the wildest and most violent endings ever caught on camera. Sheriff’s deputies chased Austin at speeds reaching 115 miles per hour. The chase took deputies to Springhill before heading south on Hwy. 371.
A stolen Toyota Tacoma hit spike strips, went airborne and landed on a car parked at the Nicky’s restaurant at Dixie Inn. Inside that car was Barbara Harlon. She escaped unhurt by climbing out a passenger door. “I felt around to see if I was hurt, and I could tell that I was okay. God was with me,” Barbara said.
Austin was in jail for car theft and a probation violation. The Tacoma involved in the chase also had been reported stolen. As the ensuing investigation continues, the list of charges against the teenager continues to grow.