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Two arrested after police pursuit in Calcasieu Parish

Posted at 12:41 PM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 13:41:53-04

A man and woman were arrested Friday morning after allegedly leading state police on a pursuit from Lacassine to Lake Charles.

On May 17, shortly after 9:20 a.m., a trooper attempted to stop a car for a traffic violation on the I-10 North Frontage Road about 2 miles east of Iowa.

According to a spokesman with Troop D, the driver, later identified as 30-year-old Kenneth Joseph Batiste, of Lafayette, refused to stop and led troopers on a chase that traveled west on Hwy. 3258 toward the city of Iowa.

Batiste allegedly committed several traffic violations as he drove through Iowa in an attempt to evade troopers.

The pursuit ended on Delcomme Street in Lake Charles, lasting about 8 minutes.

Batiste and his passenger, 33-year-old Lynda Matrell Batiste, of Lafayette, were arrested and taken to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Kenneth Batiste was booked with aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, possession of Schedule 1 narcotics (marijuana), possession of promethazine, crossing the median, and driving left of center. Charges listed are pending for Jefferson Davis Parish.

Lynda Batiste was booked with possession of Schedule 1 narcotics (marijuana) and possession of promethazine. Charges listed are pending for Jefferson Davis Parish.

Police say no injuries were reported, and no vehicles were damaged.

The Iowa Police Department and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted with the pursuit.