DIXIE INN, La. – A police chase in Louisiana ended in dramatic, violent fashion Tuesday with a truck smashed to pieces.
The chase happened in the town of Dixie Inn in Webster Parish, after a deputy tried to pull over the pickup truck driver.
“One individual got out and came toward the officer,” Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton explained. “As he came toward the officer, the vehicle sped away.”
Kevonte Austin, 18, was already wanted out of Caddo Parish for escape.
Austin slipped behind the steering wheel during the traffic stop and sped off, according to authorities. The deputy handcuffed the driver and gave chase.
Randy Sayers said he watched the high-speed chase pass him near the town of Springhill, where speeds reached 115 miles per hour.
Then about a half-hour later, while making deliveries near Dixie Inn, Sayers saw the end of the chase.
“I came here and see the outcome of this and thank God he didn’t kill nobody,” Sayers told KSLA.
The Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies were determined not to let Austin race through the main intersection in Dixie Inn at triple-digit speeds.
Sexton said, “A block was set up to keep him from going through the intersection at over 100 miles an hour, which would have been the possibility of fatalities at that intersection.”
A woman was inside the car.
“I saw the underside of a vehicle coming at me, right at my face, and I went to the right sitting in my car,” Barbara Harlon said.
That quick move to the right might have saved her life. The only part of the car not flattened in the crash was that area of her vehicle.
“I felt around to see if I was hurt and could tell that I was OK,” Harlon said. “God was with me.”
Authorities said they later determined that the truck Austin was driving during the chase had been stolen. The person who was handcuffed at the start of the chase was also taken into custody, but it’s unclear what, if any charges he will face, according to KSLA.
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