A Cloutierville man currently on parole is in jail after he led Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Louisiana State Police on a 22-mile pursuit. At approximately 1:35 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Deputy B. Keyser was patrolling on La. Hwy 1 South near Montrose when he observed a gold 2003 Mercury Sable traveling in a reckless manner at approximately 80 miles per hour in a posted 55 mph zone. The vehicle turned on La. Hwy 493.
Keyser attempted to stop the vehicle with emergency lights activated.
The violator refused to stop and led the deputy on a pursuit on La. Hwy 493, then left on La. Hwy 484 (Cane River area), then right onto La. Hwy 494 reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph.
Deputies observed objects being thrown out of the vehicle.
The pursuit then continued across Shell Beach Bridge on La. Hwy 119, down to Melrose and back out on to La. Hwy 1 before traveling south on La. Hwy 1.
Additional NPSO and LSP Units were deployed to assist.
The pursuit continued southbound on Hwy 1 near Derry where deputies and LSP were stationed with tire deflation devices.
As the pursuit neared, deputies successfully deployed the tire deflation devices causing the vehicle to slow before finally coming to a stop just north of Cloutierville.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Kevin Raphiel Jr., 36, of the 900 block of Hwy 491, Cloutierville was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Aggravated Flight from an Officer and Reckless Operation of a Vehicle.
State Probation and Parole-Natchitoches District Agents have been notified of the arrest with a parole violation hold pending.
Raphiel remains in the NPDC
Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents are also assisting as the investigation continues into Raphiel’s activities.
The vehicle was impounded.