A vehicle speeding on I-49 north of Powhatan led to a 75-mile pursuit involving the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, La. State Police and arrest of a Metairie man. On Sunday, May 9 at 9:15 a.m. a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputy clocked a gray 2010 Acura passenger car traveling southbound on I-49 speeding 88 miles per hour in a posted 75 mph zone.
The deputy attempted to overtake the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle accelerated. The deputy contacted other deputies around the Natchitoches area to BOLO for the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, additional deputies spotted the vehicle near Natchitoches. The vehicle continued southbound at a high rate of speed. Deputies lost sight of the vehicle south of Natchitoches but NATCOM 911 Center received multiple calls from motorists that the vehicle had taken the Waterwell Road #132 exit then went back northbound on I-49 towards Natchitoches.
Deputies spotted the vehicle traveling southbound on the I-49 on-ramp at Natchitoches. After a second attempt to stop the vehicle, the driver accelerated to over 100 mph and passed other motorists on the shoulder. The pursuit continued southbound into Rapides Parish where LSP and Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies joined in the pursuit. The violator avoided tire deflation devices deployed by LSP near Alexandria. Multiple units continued the pursuit into south Rapides Parish where the suspect was eventually boxed in near milepost #60 and taken into to custody after crashing into a Rapides unit.
There were no injuries.
Kevin I. Williams, 39, of the 2400 block of Caswell Lane, Metairie was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Speeding, 2-counts of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, 2-counts of Careless and Reckless Operation, 2-counts of Child Desertion, St. Tammany Parish Warrant for Issuing Worthless Checks and New Orleans Warrant for Home Improvement Fraud.
The juveniles were transported to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and later released to a relative. Additional charges are pending in Rapides Parish. Williams remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Sheriff Stuart Wright expresses his thanks to Louisiana State Police and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism and assistance during Sunday’s pursuit that led to the apprehension and arrest of Williams