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High speed pursuit leads to arrests of two Fort Polk soldiers

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Carlton Jamison (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) Carlton Jamison (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Nathaniel Sanders (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) Nathaniel Sanders (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
FORT POLK, LA (KPLC) -

Two Fort Polk soldiers are accused of leading authorities on a high speed chase on Friday, traveling at 159 and 142 miles per hour.

According to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop E, on Friday, at approximately 12:40 p.m., a trooper was on patrol in Vernon Parish when he spotted two motorcycles speeding eastbound on La. 8.  

The trooper then activated his radar which indicated a speed of 62 mph in a 45 mph zone.  

"The trooper then attempted to stop the motorcycles, but both immediately accelerated to 120 mph. After pursuing the motorcycles for several miles, one of them turned onto La. 184 and the other continued east on La. 8," the release states.

Troopers said prior to turning onto La. 184, the trooper's radar indicated a speed of 142 mph in a 65 mph zone on one of the motorcycles, a 2013 Yamaha.  

Authorities said the trooper pursued the eastbound motorcycle, a 2012 Yamaha, which eventually turned west on La. 28 West, reaching a confirmed speed of 159 mph in a 65 mph zone.

"The trooper realized these motorcycles were headed for Fort Polk. He notified Fort Polk, which in turn closed their entrance gates. The 2012 Yamaha turned onto La. 469 and stopped at the gates of Fort Polk, where he was arrested by the pursuing trooper," the release states.

Authorities said during the pursuit, the pursuing trooper and Troop E were in contact with other local law enforcement agencies. Authorities said the 2013 Yamaha was stopped by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office on La. 184, at a different set of entrance gates to Fort Polk, where he was arrested by another trooper and later positively identified by the pursuing trooper.

Troopers said the driver of the 2012 Yamaha motorcycle was identified as Nathaniel Sanders, 20, of Fort Polk.  

The driver of the 2013 Yamaha motorcycle was identified as Carlton Jamison, 23, of Honolulu, Hawaii, both currently stationed at Fort Polk.  

Sanders was charged with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, no driver's license on person and speeding (159/65).  

Jamison was charged with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and speeding (142/65).  

Both were booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. 

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