Baton Rouge man arrested after high-speed chase down Airline Hwy.


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — A man arrested for driving while intoxicated early Saturday reached speeds surpassing 100 mph before hitting a patrol vehicle, Baton Rouge police said.

Police arrested Carl Duke shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The 61-year-old was driving a blue Jeep and showed clear signs of intoxication, according to an arrest report.

An officer first spotted Duke speeding down Tara Boulevard and began following the driver. The report claims Duke then turned onto Old Hammond Highway. When the officer turned on his siren, Duke continued driving and turned onto Airline Highway, the report says.

Duke did not follow demands to pull over and instead turned into a grassy lot off Airline Highway. As he tried turning back onto the highway, he nearly hit two police vehicles before colliding with a third, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department’s incident report.

The report says Duke kept driving until he crashed into a fence. Officers claim Duke stumbled, had bloodshot eyes and refused to follow police commands.

Duke refused to let officers examine his eyes, claiming previous surgeries left his eyes sensitive to light, according to the police report.

Duke was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of driving while intoxicated, criminal damage to property, speeding and resisting an officer.

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