Twenty pounds of pot recovered after high speed pursuit on I-10

Audrey Elizabeth Simon (Source: CPSO)
Audrey Elizabeth Simon (Source: CPSO)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A New Orleans woman was arrested on Friday morning after a high speed pursuit on Interstate 10 ended and deputies found twenty pounds of marijuana in her car.

Around 5:40 a.m. Friday morning, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy stopped 43-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Simon of New Orleans for a traffic violation near milepost 31 on Interstate 10 eastbound.

While the deputy was speaking with Simon, he became suspicious of criminal activity and requested to search her car. Authorities say Simon then fled the scene heading eastbound on I-10.

Deputies began pursuit of the car with help from Louisiana State Police, the Iowa Police Department and the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office. Speeds reportedly exceeded 100 mph.

In Jeff Davis Parish at milepost 53, spike strips were laid on the Interstate by LSP, disabling Simon's car. Various law enforcement units performed rolling roadblocks to box her car in. She finally stopped at milepost 59.

After her car was stopped, deputies ran a K-9 around the car and it alerted on the cargo area. Around 20 pounds of marijuana were found wrapped in individual one pound vacuum sealed bags. The street value of the marijuana is valued at around $20,000.

Simon was booked into the Jeff Davis Parish jail and has been transferred to the Calcasieu Correctional Center. She has been charged with aggravated flight from an officer and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

No one was hurt in the pursuit, and no damage was done to any law enforcement vehicle.

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