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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -
Additional charges have been filed against a 26-year-old man who
led police on a high-speed chase across the Causeway at speeds over 100 mph. The
chase concluded in police gunfire after the driver accelerated in the direction
of officers, police say.
Police say that the driver, 26-year-old Ranell Joseph of
Donaldsonville, led police on a chase across the northbound side of the
According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John
Fortunato, police were investigating a robbery at the Circle K on Veterans
Memorial Boulevard when they spotted a gray Dodge Challenger that matched the description
of the car used in the robbery near the corner of Veterans and Causeway
Boulevards. When officers attempted to pull over the challenger, the driver
refused to pull over.
Police laid spike strips near the end of the bridge that brought
the car to a stop. Causeway and Mandeville police then approached the car with
their weapons drawn, at which point Joseph accelerated in their direction,
missing officers, but ramming into an unoccupied police car.
Officers opened fire on Joseph as he came at them, but did not
shoot the suspect. Joseph was injured during the crash and was treated at LSU
Public Hospital. Police say his injuries don't appear to be serious.
Joseph was initially booked with first-degree robbery in
connection with the Circle K incident and was later booked in connection to
four other robberies that occurred over the weekend.
The four other robberies include:
first-degree robbery of O-Reilly Auto Parts, 600 Ames Blvd. in Marrero on
Aug. 29 at 7:44 p.m.
robbery of New 2 U Shell, 6200 West Bank Expressway, Marrero on Aug. 29 at
robbery of Popeye's, 7100 West Bank Expressway, Marrero on Aug. 29 at 8:05
Armed robbery of
Burger King, 4933 Veterans Blvd., Metairie on Aug. 29 at 11:17 p.m.
On Friday, additional charges were filed. Mandeville detectives
have charged Joseph with aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated assault
with a motor vehicle upon an officer and aggravated criminal damage to property.