High-speed pursuit takes law enforcement through 3 parishes

By Pat Culverhouse

Authorities from multiple jurisdictions are reportedly searching a heavily wooded area in Claiborne Parish, looking for individuals who led officers on a high speed chase that began in Bienville Parish and ended when the suspects’ vehicle was found abandoned on Clear Creek Rd. off U.S. Hwy. 79 south of Homer.

Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said parish deputies joined Bienville Parish units around 2:55 a.m. Sunday in a pursuit that began on Interstate 20 and wound through streets of Minden before heading northeast on U.S. 79 into Claiborne Parish.

“The vehicle exited I-20 onto U.S. 80 and headed toward Minden at speeds of up to 105 miles per hour,” Parker said. “We joined the pursuit when the vehicle crossed into Webster and they took us through the city pretty quickly before heading out the Homer Road.”

Parker said the chase again reached speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour entering Claiborne Parish before officers lost sight of the vehicle. Officers found the abandoned vehicle just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday while searching area roads, but no suspects were located.

“They’re getting dogs from Wade to help search for the suspects,” Parker said.