By Bonnie Culverhouse
A local man led Minden Police on a high-speed chase through a school zone last Wednesday.
Chauncey D. “Little Man” Grant, 26, of the 700 block of Plum St., Minden, was arrested for aggravated flight, resisting an officer, driving under suspension, switched tags, 20 moving traffic violations and four active bench warrants.
Chief Jared McIver said Lt. Chris Hammontree, his K9 partner Tigo and Off. Logan Clingan were involved in the mid-afternoon chase after Hammontree observed the vehicle Grant was driving stopped past the painted line at the intersection of Broadway and Lee Street.
“The vehicle tags were registered to a Mazda but were displayed on a Chevy Caprice,” McIver said. “When the vehicle turned left into the wrong lane on Miller Street, Hammontree attempted to initiate a stop but the driver fled.”
According to the report, the vehicle traveled 40 in a 25 miles-per-hour zone on Bayou Avenue, signaled left and turned right onto Pine Street, passed on the double yellow line and ran a red light at Pine and Main streets, establishing aggravated flight.
The vehicle reportedly ran the light at Pine and Broadway, a stop sign at Pine and Gleason, failing to signal the turns. It proceeded at 43 in a 25 mph zone on Gleason, ran a stop sign at Gleason and Union, ran a red light at Sheppard Street, then entered the Webster Junior High School zone, traveling 83 miles per hour while some students were attempting to cross the street.
“The flagman was holding his stop sign, but the vehicle did not yield,” said the Chief.
The vehicle reportedly turned right on Ewell, traveling 59 mph in a 25 mph zone, then turned right on Harris without signaling. It was clocked at 60 mph in a 25 mph zone on Harris, ran a stop sign at Harris and Dianne streets, then turned on Hill Street where it traveled 36 in a 25 mph zone.
“The driver, Grant, exited the vehicle while it was still rolling and fled on foot,” McIver said. “Lt. Hammontree chased Grant to his mother’s house on Plum Street about 380 feet away. He was called out at gunpoint and taken into custody.”
McIver said Alex Tarenzo Odom, passenger in the vehicle, exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
“Off. Clingan chased Odom on foot to Plum Street where Odom tripped and fell,” said the chief. “He refused to comply with Clingan’s efforts to place him in handcuffs. When Sgt. Shane Griffith arrived, the two were able to subdue and arrest him.”
Officers located a methamphetamine pipe in the vehicle and 8 grams of marijuana in Odom’s pants.
“He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer and a warrant for theft of a firearm,” McIver said.
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