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Two arrested for I-10 pursuit from Lake Charles to Lafayette

Posted at 6:12 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 19:22:05-04

State Police say two men were arrested Wednesday morning after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a pursuit on I-10 from Lake Charles to Lafayette.

Louisiana State Police say that on March 20, 2019, shortly after 8:00 a.m., a Trooper assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop D attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on I-10 about 6 miles west of Iowa, LA.

Harris and Michael / State Police

The driver, later identified as 35-year-old Keith Anderson Harris of Jeanerette, allegedly failed to stop. Troopers say Harris led them through eastern Calcasieu Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Acadia Parish, and into Lafayette.

Spike strips were deployed but were unsuccessful. Harris struck two vehicles as he exited I-10 onto Ambassador Caffery Parkway, state police say.

Harris and the passenger, 28-year-old Qwayland Michael of New Iberia, allegedly fled from the moving vehicle towards a nearby hotel. Michael was apprehended in the parking lot of the hotel and Harris was located in a maintenance closet within the hotel.

Harris was booked with aggravated flight, resisting by flight, reckless operation, hit and run, passing on the shoulder, improper lane use, no driver’s license, and no seat belt.

Harris was transported to Lake Charles and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Qwayland was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for resisting by flight and for an active warrant.

No injuries were reported and no law enforcement vehicles were damaged. The pursuit lasted 65 minutes.

The Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Acadia Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted with the pursuit.