The Scott Police Department says they have arrested one man after a short vehicle and foot pursuit on Thursday night in Scott. Another suspect is still being sought.
Police say that just after midnight an officer attempted to stop a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of St. Mary Street and Avenue A. The department says that the officer turned on his lights to conduct the stop, but the vehicle continued on.
The department says that a short pursuit followed and that the officer observed a passenger allegedly throwing items from the vehicle. The items were later identified by police as marijuana and a cell phone.
Police say the vehicle continued traveling through a neighborhood and caused damage to several trash cans and a police unit.
During the pursuit, police say the driver and passenger exited the vehicle while it was still in motion and began running on foot. The vehicle continued on striking a residence which resulted in minor damage.
The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as 23-year-old Johnathan Keith Phillips of Carencro, was arrested after a short foot pursuit and the use of a taser by police. Phillips, according to police, allegedly threw a handgun to the ground before his arrest. That weapon was recovered.
The passenger of the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Freddie Maurice Green, III of Lafayette, managed to evade police and is currently being sought. An arrest warrant has been issued.
An investigation uncovered 2 loaded AR-15 magazines and an additional bag of marijuana.
Phillips was transported to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility where he was booked on charges of Disobeying a Stop Sign, Driving Under Suspension, Hit and Run, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm with a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Obstruction of Justice, and Aggravated Flight, on top of other traffic warrants. No bond has been set.
Anyone with information on Green’s whereabouts is asked to call Scot Police at 337-233-3715.