BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A New Orleans man accused of stealing a vehicle in Jefferson Parish tried to evade police capture in perhaps the most Louisiana way possible.
Rashad Malik Lewis, 26, allegedly brought a high-speed police chase to an end Wednesday morning when the stolen vehicle he was driving came to a halt in a cane field. Once deputies terminated the vehicle pursuit, Lewis allegedly fled on foot and jumped into nearby Bayou Lafourche.
It all began when Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies learned there was a stolen vehicle from Jefferson Parish parked near La. Highway 1 in Labadieville. As deputies approached the vehicle, the driver sped away, leading them on a chase northbound on Highway 1.
Once the driver approached the 4000 block of the highway, he allegedly exited the roadway and drove through several private properties, which ultimately led him into the cane fields where the vehicle pursuit ended.
That’s when Lewis allegedly jumped into Bayou Lafourche, according to APSO.
Despite his efforts, deputies apprehended the Louisiana man, who now sits in the Assumption Parish Detention Center and faces the following charges:
- Nine counts of aggravated criminal damage to property
- Aggravated flight from an officer
- Flight from an officer
- Driving on a roadway laned for traffic
- Failure to yield
- Illegal possession of stolen things
- No driver’s license on person
- Improper passing
- Reckless operation of a motor vehicle with an accident
- Turning movements and required signals
A bond proceeding for Lewis is pending.