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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Lake Charles authorities have released more information on the chase that happened Tuesday in the area of Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

According to a news release from Lake Charles Deputy Chief of Police Mark Kraus, at about 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, police Cpl. Shaun Touchet spotted a 1998 Honda Civic that he recognized as a vehicle reported as stolen.

Kraus said that before Touchet could attempt a felony stop on the suspect vehicle, the driver "accelerated and attempted to evade the officer. "

"A pursuit ensued which eventually involved several police units. During the pursuit, the driver, Jeffrey Todd Doucet, proved he had blatant disregard for others around him. At one time, Doucet drove into the opposing lane and attempted to strike an oncoming police vehicle with no concern for the officer," Kraus said in the release.

Kraus said the pursuit ended when Lake Charles Police Officer Kyle Young "intentionally placed his police unit between the suspect vehicle and innocent citizens who were stopped in traffic." 

"This act resulted in the suspect vehicle striking the police vehicle which disabled both vehicles and forced the suspects to flee on foot. After a short foot pursuit, all three suspects were captured," Kraus said.

Doucet, 40, of Baytown, Texas, has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, Kraus said, stemming from the two police officers reportedly targeted.

Doucet also faces 50 counts of aggravated flight from an officer, two counts of illegal possession of stolen property and one count of simple possession of marijuana.

Authorities say that Doucet also has two outstanding warrants against him.

His bond was set at $1,055,000.

Also arrested were:

Paul Pittman Jr., 35, of DeQuincy. Pittman faces a charge of simple possession of marijuana and resisting by giving false information. Bond on the drug charge was set at $10,000. The bond on the second charge is pending, Kraus said.

Brittany Nicole Kitchens, 22, of Tomball, Texas. Kitchens was charged with simple possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $2,500.

Individuals arrested are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.

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