BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A pursuit involving a member of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and a convicted felon eventually led to Robert Lewis, 46, of Baton Rouge being put behind bars. It all started around 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 4. EBRSO said that Lewis was driving a vehicle that had two broken mirrors and an expired temporary tag. The deputy initiated a traffic stop after Lewis turned onto Airline Highway from Greenwell Street.
Lewis allegedly acted as if he was going to stop, but then led the deputy on a pursuit. The pursuit made its way along Airline Highway to Merrydale Avenue and then “to the intersection of 5300 Silverleaf Avenue,” EBRSO said. The Baton Rouge man then got out of his vehicle and fled on foot. Despite a search of the area, deputies were not able to find Lewis at the time.
A passenger in the vehicle was let go after telling EBRSO that Lewis was giving him a ride. He said that Lewis told him he was running because, “he was not going to jail,” according to the affidavit. A search of the vehicle uncovered two cellphones and 14.7 grams of suspected cocaine.
Through further investigation, EBRSO was able to determine that Lewis was the one seen running away from the vehicle. They also confirmed that Lewis was a convicted felon with a suspended driver’s license.
Lewis was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday, Oct. 12 and charged with these crimes:
- flight from an officer
- insurance required
- mirrors required on vehicle
- possession/distribution manufacturing schedule II – 6 counts
- temporary tag misuse
- fail main control (careless operation)
- D/L susp/rev
- domestic abuse battery
- possession/distribution manufacturing schedule I
- illegal possession of stolen firearms
- possession of drug paraphernalia
- illegal carrying of weapons (with CDS)
- possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies
- C.CR.P ART 202 Warrant/Bench Warrant
As of the publishing of this article, no bond has been set for Lewis.