By Bonnie Culverhouse
A Minden man is behind bars for kidnapping his girlfriend late Thursday.
Henry J. Ary II, 22, of the 1000 block of West St., was arrested by Minden Police for 2nd degree kidnapping, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a peace officer, aggravated flight, hit and run driving, resisting an officer by flight and driving under suspension.
Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Chris McClaran, Ofc. Anthony Miller and Sgt. Jason Smith arrived simultaneously around 11:30 p.m., just as Ary reportedly forced his girlfriend inside a 2005 GMC pick-up truck and fled the scene of a residence in the 1400 block of Webster Ave.
“Ary accelerated the truck toward Lt. McClaran’s patrol unit while the officer was still inside of it,” Cropper said. “The lieutenant was forced to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision.”
Cropper said McClaran pursued Ary on Weston St., utilizing lights and sirens.
“Ary was traveling more than 70 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone,” said the chief. “He failed to negotiate a left turn from Weston onto Shreveport Road and crashed into a fence and a utility shed on private property.”
Ary reportedly exited the driver’s seat and fled on foot from the crash.
“He escaped through a gate and into an adjacent neighborhood,” Cropper said. “The girlfriend also exited the vehicle. She was treated by medics for injuries sustained in the crash.”
The victim was transported to Ocshner LSU Health Center.
“Witnesses provided a detailed physical description of Ary, including his nickname, which is ‘2 Jay’,” Cropper said. “Shortly after, Lt. McClaran found Ary walking on South Fairview, approximately two blocks away from the crash scene.”
Post Miranda, Ary reportedly told Sgt. Smith his nickname is “2 Jay.”
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