Baton Rouge man charged with 10 crimes after fleeing from police on New Year’s Day


Photo of Elie Croom III, courtesy of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

A 26-year-old Baton Rouge man was arrested and charged with 10 crimes after leading police on a car chase, fleeing on foot and trying to force his way into a vehicle that was stopped on the interstate on New Year’s Day.

Elie Croom III of 7452 Sussex St. led police on a car chase through Baton Rouge after an officer tried to pull him over for driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit and erratically weaving through traffic while attempting to race another car.

When a Baton Rouge Police officer tried to stop Croom, Croom accelerated to more than 110 miles per hour and used the emergency shoulder to pass other vehicles on I10, according to an affidavit.

Croom then quickly exited the interstate and passed traffic that was stopped at a red light by driving on the shoulder and in the grass. He then drove through an intersection and struck another car.

But Croom didn’t stop there. He drove on a median until his car got stuck, and then he fled on foot toward the interstate. Once on the ramp, Croom ran toward a stopped truck and tried to enter it by pulling on its door handle.

After the driver refused to let him in the truck and began to drive away, Croom grabbed the truck and clung to it as it drove away, still trying to gain entry, according to the affidavit.

Croom eventually stopped trying to enter the truck and began running again before an officer detained him.

While in a police car, Croom tried to hide a bag of marijuana and a live cartridge for a weapon found in his car.

Police searched Croom’s car and found nine guns, one of which was reported stolen, and a large quantity of ammunition. Police also found a small bag of marijuana in the car, according to the affidavit.

Croom now faces charges of speeding, recklessness, aggravated flight, aggravated damage to property, resisting arrest, attempted carjacking, felon in possession of firearms, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.

Prior to Wednesday, Croom had a criminal history that included multiple weapons charges, a burglary conviction and narcotics charges. Croom was also previously listed as an accessory after the fact to first degree murder, the affidavit reveals.

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