A Kilgore man reportedly driving a stolen vehicle was arrested Saturday after leading multiple law enforcement agencies from Louisiana and Texas on a high speed pursuit.
“On Saturday, June 15, just before 4:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G Troopers located a stolen 2002 Ford Excursion traveling on I-20 eastbound,” a press release from Louisiana State Police said.
Troopers attempted a traffic stop on the stolen 2002 Ford Excursion driven by Richar Landaverde, but Landaverde eluded the traffic stop by attempting to strike multiple Louisiana State Police vehicles initiating a high speed pursuit.
“Landaverde drove in a reckless manner during the pursuit and used the stolen vehicle to ram two marked LSP vehicles,” Louisiana police said. “Troopers made multiple attempts to end the pursuit but were unsuccessful.
Two Troopers sustained minor injuries due to Landaverde’s reckless actions and were transported Willis Knighton Hospital in Bossier City.
Multiple agencies in Harrison County joined the pursuit after Landaverde traveled into Texas on Interstate Highway 20 westbound at approximately 5:30 p.m.
“Landaverde exited I-20 in Texas and began to travel on US 59 northbound,” police said.
Marshall Police Department was immediately alerted of the pursuit.
“The driver of the vehicle was being pursued by units from the Louisiana State Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s office and exited off I20 onto US 59 and headed north into the city of Marshall,” MPD officials said. “Marshall PD patrol units served in a support role, clearing intersections and alerting traffic ahead of the pursuit.”
The driver drove northbound in the southbound lanes of US Highway 59 for approximately one mile before changing back over to the northbound lanes.
“Shortly after 5:45 p.m., Landaverde caused a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of US 59 and US 80 ending the pursuit,” Louisiana State Police said.
Landeverde was taken into custody by HCSO deputies and booked into the Harrison County jail on several charges. Charges were: three counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer charges out of Caddo Parish, illegal possession of stolen things charge out of Caddo Parish, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle, parole violation out of Texas, theft of property more than or equal to $30,000, but less than $150,000, unauthorized use of a vehicle. The Marshall Police Department is conducting the crash investigation.
The Marshall Police Department is conducting the crash investigation.