C.A.T. Team makes drug bust following pursuit - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

C.A.T. Team makes drug bust following pursuit

(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Kendall M. Johnson (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Kendall M. Johnson (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

The Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) made a drug bust early Wednesday, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Authorities said at approximately 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Cpl. Kevin Hoover, team detective, observed an SUV commit a traffic violation and attempted to conduct a stop.

Authorities said when Hoover activated his unit's lights and sirens, signaling for the driver of the SUV to stop, the driver, later identified as 21-year-old Kendall M. Johnson, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., did not comply and continued to flee from him, traveling in excess of 100 mph.

"C.A.T. Team Detective Cpl. Chris Johnson joined the pursuit and both detectives followed the SUV as the driver continued to drive at a high rate of speed, exiting at Exit 20 in Sulphur and traveling southbound on Highway 27. After the driver entered Cameron Parish, a Cameron Parish Sheriff's deputy deployed spike strips, disabling the vehicle. After the SUV came to a stop, the driver abandoned it and fled southbound on foot," the release states.

Authorities said following a brief foot pursuit, Johnson was apprehended by C.A.T. Team detectives without incident. During a search of the SUV, detectives recovered over 30 pounds of marijuana in the trunk with an estimated street value of $100,000.

Johnson was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I (marijuana) with intent to distribute, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer and driving under suspension.   

Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $59,500.

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