Wild La. police chase ends in dramatic airborne crash

WEBSTER PARISH, Louisiana - An 18-year-old is in police custody after a police chase ended in a dramatic high-flying crash east of Shreveport.

Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kevonte Dekorey Austin, an escaped work-release participant, was taken into custody after the pickup he was driving went airborne before crashing, reported KSLA.

Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton told KSLA the events started when a deputy pulled over a speeding driver.

As the deputy and the driver were talking outside of the Toyota Tacoma truck, Austin slid into the driver’s seat and sped off, according to KSLA.

Deputies then chased Austin at speeds reaching 115 mph down a Louisiana highway.

Austin lost control of the truck and went airborne when it hit spike strips deputies had set out on the highway, reported KSLA.

KSLA reported that the truck landed on a Toyota Corolla parked at a restaurant. The woman inside the car was able to escape unharmed.

Austin was previously in jail for car theft and a probation violation and the truck involved in the chase had also been reported stolen, reported KSLA.

 

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