High-speed chase ends safely in arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Minden man driving without taillights took Minden Police on a high-speed chase, leading to his arrest.

Ravi Andrelavere Flournoy, 47, of McCausland Street, was arrested for aggravated flight, open container, no taillights, 2 counts of running a stop sign, 4 counts of failure to use a turn signal, 3 counts of driving left of center, improper lane usage and unsafe turn.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Chris Hammontree was on patrol Monday evening, when he observed Flournoy’s vehicle on Goode Ave.

“Flournoy was driving without taillights,” Cropper said. “Lt. Hammontree followed him to Homer Road where the vehicle turned into Park City Shopping Center. But instead of stopping, Flournoy turned on to Meadowview Drive. Lt. Hammontree activated his audible siren and Flournoy increased his speed.”

Flournoy reportedly led police on a 1.4 mile pursuit through the city on eight different roadways, traveling in excess of 70 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.

“The driver ran three stop signs, went left of center at least three times, failed to signal four turns, turned right from the left lane and drove in multiple lanes on a four-lane U.S. Highway,” said the chief. “The driver finally gave up behind Saint Rest Baptist Church. In the vehicle was an open bottle of Crown Royal and drug packaging materials.”

Flournoy reportedly had more than $1,300 in cash on his person. He was taken into custody and later transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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