Pursuit ends with tire strips on I-49 in Rapides Parish; NPSO deputy receives stitches to arm

James Francisco, 36, of the 1500 block of Duchamp Road, Broussard, was transported and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on multiple traffic charges by Louisiana State Police.


A Lafayette Parish man was arrested on multiple traffic charges following a pursuit in Natchitoches and Rapides Parishes Sunday, March 17. At approximately 6:20 p.m., NPSO Lt. Barry Dalme clocked a 2013 Toyota Corolla speeding 94 MPHin a posted 75 MPH zone while traveling southbound on Interstate-49 just south of Natchitoches.

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Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, however the vehicle failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit reaching speeds over 100 MPH into Rapides Parish.

Deputies contacted La. State Police Troop-E Alexandria for assistance.

Troopers responded near milepost #98 north of Alexandria where they attempted to utilize tire deflation devices.

The violator observed the devices, entered the median, then turned northbound where he took the Rapides Station exit onto La. Hwy 1200 then turned left traveling southbound on I-49 again.

Troopers successfully deployed tire deflation devices again near milepost# 94.

The suspect entered the median where he was taken into custody by Natchitoches Parish Deputies and LSP without incident.

During the arrest, Lt. Dalme received a moderate laceration to his arm and was treated at the scene by Acadian ambulance.

LSP and Deputies arrested James Francisco, 36, of the 1500 block ofDuchamp Road, Broussard. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail by LSP on multiple traffic charges.

When released from Rapides Parish, Francisco is facing Natchitoches Parish charges of Speeding 94/75, Speeding 113/75, Driving under Suspension and Aggravated Flight from an Officer.

Lt. Dalme later went to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he received six stitches to his arm.

LSP impounded the vehicle.

This suspect couldn’t give a reason for fleeing from law enforcement.

Assisting in the pursuit were Dep. D. Pleasant, Sgt. J. Augustus, Trooper J. Axsom and Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria.