BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge police were investigating the death of Nathan Millard on Terrace Avenue near Napoleon Street Tuesday afternoon when a crash that left two people injured unfolded.

According to BRPD Public Information Officer Sgt. L’Jean McKneely, police were in the area investigating a home allegedly linked to prostitution and illegal drug use in hopes of obtaining more information about Millard’s death.

McKneely said while the officers were at the home, a male resident parked outside caught sight of them and for reasons that have yet to be clarified, immediately took off in his vehicle.

The officers started to follow the man to see why he was fleeing when the man reportedly ran a stop sign and then crashed into a second vehicle.

“Initially it wasn’t any charges,” McKneely said. “They were there just to make contact and talk to the people there while they investigate, and continue to investigate the missing person case. And when he sped away, they felt it might have been something more to it. They wanted to talk to him. And by the time they got to this intersection that the crash had already occurred.” The driver will now face traffic violation charges and possibly more.

The collision resulted in two injuries and officials confirmed that one of the injured individuals was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

Authorities said the incident happened so quickly police did not even have a chance to get into their units and begin pursuing the resident.

The case the officers were investigating revolved around Millard, a man from Georgia who’d been visiting Baton Rouge and was declared missing in February. Millard’s body was found wrapped in plastic and rolled into a rug behind a vacant lot on Scenic Highway, Monday, March 6.

Derrick Perkins, a suspect linked to the case was arrested Tuesday, March 14, and authorities say the investigation into Millard’s death remains ongoing.