An 18-year-old Natchitoches man is in jail after he allegedly stole a vehicle then led Louisiana State Police and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies on a 25-mile pursuit before crashing on La. Hwy 117 south of Provencal Tuesday, Nov. 30. It all began at approximately 7:37 a.m. when a female called NATCOM 911 Center reporting her black 2021 Toyota Camry had been stolen while she was inside a business in the 200 block of Keyser Avenue in Natchitoches.
Natchitoches Police responded to gather information for an offense report and enter the vehicle in NCIC as stolen.
NATCOM 911 Center issued a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) message to all Natchitoches Parish law enforcement agencies.
At 9:10 a.m., Trooper John Axsom and NPSO Deputy Silas Axsom were sitting stationary in the Natchez area when they observed the Camry traveling southbound on La. Hwy 1. They attempted to stop the vehicle with emergency lights, however the operator failed to stop and led state police and deputies on a 25-mile pursuit down Hwy 1 to Cypress, then on Hwy 120 to I-49 where he turned northbound.
He then exited at the Waterwell exit, turned left on Hwy 478 to Hwy 120 at Flora. He reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. The vehicle then turned right on Hwy 120, travelled into Provencal then turned left and travelled south on Hwy 117.
Deputies say as they were traveling southbound on Hwy 117 south of the Vernon Wester Road, they entered a curve to the right and the vehicle crossed the center-line, left the roadway on the left side, went airborne for a short distance, struck a utility pole then several trees then came to a rest in an upright position. Additional NPSO Units were deployed in the area to assist.
The suspect, Matthew O’Sean Robinson of the 1200 block of Allen Street, Natchitoches, was taken into custody without incident. Deputies requested Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS to assess Robinson for injuries due to the crash. He was released at the scene with no transport.
Robinson was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with State Police charges of Unauthorized Use of a Moveable valued over $15,000, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway, Possession of CDS I Marijuana, No Drivers License, Driving Left of Center and several other traffic violations.
Robinson was released from the Natchitoches Detention Center just Monday on two previous motor vehicle theft charges.
Deputies say when they asked Robinson where he got the vehicle, he replied he stole it …he likes stealing vehicles.
Robinson remains in the NPDC with additional charges pending by Natchitoches Police Department. The vehicle, which received heavy damage, was recovered by a local towing service.