Law enforcement have been unable to locate an Abbeville man who led officers on a pursuit across several parishes Thursday afternoon.
Abbeville Police officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which the driver, identified as Jamie Davis, was wanted for felony warrants in relation to a recent shooting in Abbeville. The driver failed to stop, then gained speed and fled, police say.
The vehicle swerved into one of the "push bumpers" of a marked police unit, causing damage to the unit and the suspect's vehicle.
Officers chased Davis through the city, north on LA Hwy 339, then through the outskirts of Youngsville, Milton, and Maurice. They continued to LA Hwy 699, north to Duson, then Rayne. At various points during the pursuit, police say Davis drove in excess of 100 mph on residential roads and attempted to ram police vehicles off the road.
Davis' vehicle went off the road in Rayne near I-10, where he drove on the levee then stopped in a nearby field. There, police say Davis fled on foot, crossing I-10. K9 officers with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office and Rayne Police Department attempted to find Davis in an area north of Rayne near Nation Road but were unsuccessful. APD says officers have since left the area.
Police say Davis is wanted on the following charges:
· Arrest Warrant for Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery Involving Domestic Abuse with Child Endangerment
· Arrest Warrant for Obstruction of Justice
· Arrest Warrant for Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities
· Arrest Warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies
· Arrest Warrant for Possession of a Firearm in a Firearm-Free Zone
Additional charges stemming from the pursuit are also pending. Police say Davis should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone locates Davis, the Abbeville Police are asking that you not attempt to confront him and to contact your local law enforcement agency.
APD Chief William Spearman thanked the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Duson Police Department, and Rayne Police Department, who all assisted in the pursuit.
There was congestion on I-10 East from Mile Marker 88 (Rayne) to Mile Marker 89 due to the incident; it has since cleared, according to DOTD.
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