Four Louisiana State Police Troopers were injured and three teens are behind bars after a high-speed chase in Alexandria Thursday morning.
Torie Lewis, 18, of Alexandria, and two 17-year-old juveniles were booked into the Rapides Parish Jail after they tried to evade Troopers.
It began approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday when an LSP trooper from Troop E stopped a gray Nissan Altima northbound on LA Hwy 1 at Airbase Road for traffic violations.
The Trooper asked the driver, later identified as Lewis of Alexandria, to exit the vehicle.
Lewis complied and stepped to the rear of the Nissan where he and the trooper began talking. At this point, one of the two juvenile passengers repositioned himself as the driver and sped off.
A Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputy who stopped to provide backup for the trooper took custody of Lewis, freeing up the trooper to go after the juvenile.
The young driver began traveling southbound on Louisiana Highway 1 at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. As the Nissan approached the Alexandria city limits, other Troopers joined the pursuit.
The juvenile driver continued to refuse to stop for troopers as the pursuit approached Rapides Avenue. Then, the Nissan collided with several Louisiana State Police vehicles before becoming disabled on Rapides Avenue, where the two juveniles were taken into custody.
As a result of the crash, four Troopers received minor to moderate injuries and required medical attention. One trooper was treated at the scene by medical personnel and three were transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment.
The three were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Lewis was charged with tint violation, seat belt violation, possession of CDS I (marijuana), along with outstanding warrants from Assumption Parish. The juvenile driver was charged with possession of CDS I (marijuana); three counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle on a police officer; aggravated flight; resisting a police officer with force or violence; reckless operation; and two counts of aggravated second-degree battery.
The second juvenile, a passenger regardless of who was driving, was charged with possession of CDS I (marijuana); and outstanding warrants from Assumption Parish and the state of Texas.