BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A detective with the Baton Rouge Police Department recently attempted a traffic stop in the 11000 block of Old Hammond Hwy.

The detective tried to stop a Honda Accord driven by Joshua Gauthier, 27, of Baton Rouge around 10 p.m. on Monday, September 26.

The traffic stop was initiated while the detective and Gauthier were both heading west on Old Hammond Hwy.

The detective thought the driver was looking for a safe place to pull over.

This was not the case though as Gauthier headed south on Cedarcrest Ave.

Gauthier then drove through a shopping center parking lot on North Harrells Ferry Rd.

After leaving the parking lot, Gauthier’s driving allegedly became more reckless.

The Baton Rouge man headed east on North Harrells Ferry Rd. exceeding “the speed limit by 25 mph reaching a speed of 65 mph,” according to the affidavit.

Gauthier eventually made his way to S Sherwood Forest Blvd. where he jumped out of the moving vehicle.

The vehicle came to a stop after striking a Cox Cable box. A female passenger was detained at that time.

Gauthier then led a trio of detectives on a foot chase at the Canterbury House Apartments.

The Baton Rouge man was caught in short order and arrested while on the ground.

Detectives found a loaded pistol on Gauthier as well as “a clear plastic baggie that was torn, a medication bottle that had an unknown residue in it, and a small piece of straw,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states that Gauthier confessed to taking an “MDMA pill while driving the vehicle.”

Gauthier was subsequently charged with the crimes listed below:

  • Resisting An Officer
  • Aggravated Flight From An Officer
  • Obstruction Of Justice
  • Possession Of Firearm Or Carrying Concealed Weapon By A Person Convicted Of Certain Felonies
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

This is the not the first time that Gauthier has been arrested over the years.

Gauthier has two convictions on his record, one for Simple Robbery in 2015 and one for Felon in Possession of a Firearm in 2021.

The Baton Rouge man remains behind bars in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.