Suspect identified in high-speed chase on I-49, manhunt canceled

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The active manhunt for the man who led deputies on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle on I-49 has been canceled.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies have identified 20-year-old Adrian A. Cox as the suspect. Cox is described as a black male, 5’10 in height, weighs 135 pounds with medium length dreadlocks and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a black shirt or black jacket.

According to NPSO, Cox has a prior criminal history and ties to St. Tammany Parish and the Fort Worth, Texas area. Deputies say they believe Cox has been picked up by a female friend and left the area.

During a search of the vehicle on a warrant issued by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge, deputies seized two handguns a Ruger .9mm and Ruger .380 caliber.

Cox is wanted by NPSO on criminal warrants for speeding 115+/75, aggravated flight from an officer, Resisting an Officer, 2-counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony, illegal possession of stolen things valued over $5000, criminal damage to property valued over $5000, and several other traffic violations.

Natchitoches vehicle pursuit 02.14.20

Shortly after 8:10 a.m. on Friday morning deputies clocked a stolen black Nissan Altima out of Slidell, La bearing purple heart tags, south of Natchitoches on I-49 near the Ajax exit, speeding 115 miles per hour in a 75 mph speed zone.

The suspect failed to stop, leading deputies on a 22-mile pursuit where he crashed the vehicle near Ajax then jumped out of the vehicle and ran off.

Desoto Parish Sheriff’s deputies and a Louisiana State Police Trooper are assisting with the search.

Winn Parish Tracking Team is also responding to the area.

If you see this man, do not approach him, call 911 or contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 352-6432.

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