Man accused of dragging Gonzales police officer during chase


A Convent man faces several charges including felony battery after investigators said he dragged a Gonzales police officer during a chase.  

Investigators said on Monday evening at approximately 8:30 p.m., City of Gonzales Police Officers were dispatched to a large disturbance in Gonzales Municipal Park, 911 E Meylan Street. 

Officers arrived and witnessed a crowd of approximately 20-30 males and females actively engaged in an altercation. One officer witnessed a male strike another male in the face and attempt to drive off in his SUV. The officer chased the man who was later identified as 35-year-old Abraham Jones.

Investigators said Jones got into a blue SUV and began backing out of his parking space. After issuing verbal commands ordering Jones to stop, police said the pursuing officer approached the driver’s door and ordered the subject from the SUV. They said Jones looked at the officer and accelerated his SUV as the officer was opening the door to remove Jones to arrest him. Police said the officer was then dragged by the SUV Jones was driving, which ultimately resulted in the officer receiving treatment at OLOL Ascension for minor injuries.              

Police said a short time later, Jones was found by St. James Parish Sheriff’s deputies, and was arrested on outstanding warrants previously issued for his arrest held by The City of Gonzales Police Department and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.             

On Tuesday morning, Gonzales Warrants Officers took custody of Abraham Jones from the St. James Correctional facility and took him to Ascension Parish Prison. He has been booked on the following charges: one count of felony resisting an officer by force, one count of felony battery of a police officer, one count of misdemeanor disturbing the peace by violent and tumultuous conduct, and one count of failure to appear bench warrant/traffic offense.

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