An arrest was made Thursday in Jeff Davis Parish following a vehicle pursuit along I-10 from the Lafayette area that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
Deputies say 28-year-old Joshua Lee Damond of Lafayette was arrested June 25, after the pursuit which began in Lafayette Parish ended on I-10 near milepost 48.
The sheriff's office was alerted to the pursuit of a suspect in a White GMC Yukon by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office. The driver, identified as Damond, was allegedly wanted for aggravated assault with a weapon.
During the pursuit Lafayette Sheriff's deputies allegedly observed Damond throw items out of his vehicle. The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office says that patrol units observed the vehicle take the exit to LA Hwy 97 from I-10 West and allegedly throw an object from the vehicle near the Veteran's home.
The item was later identified by deputies as a loaded Professional Ordinance Carbon 15 .223 pistol. Deputies say the weapon was allegedly stolen.
The pursuit continued through the north end of Jennings and back onto I-10 where deputies say that the chase reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
The chase ended when deputies say two 18-wheeler s blocked both westbound lanes of I-10 to slow traffic to a stop.
Damond was arrested and transported to the Jeff Davis Parish Jail where he was booked on the following charges:
- Passing in a no Passing Zone
- Aggravated Flight
- Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Heroin
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS
- Parish Ordinance 9-2 Littering
Damond was released to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office following booking.
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