LSP names suspects in police pursuit from Iowa to Lafayette

Police tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not comply

LSP names suspects in police pursuit from Iowa to Lafayette

(KPLC) - Two men have been arrested after a police pursuit on I-10 eastbound that ended in Lafayette, Trooper Derek Senegal with Louisiana State Police said.

Senegal said that a trooper with LSP attempted to make a traffic stop near Iowa. The driver, Keith Anderson Harris, 35, of Jeanerette, failed to stop. Harris lead troopers through Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, and Acadia Parishes, into Lafayette.

Spike strips were deployed but were unsuccessful. Senegal said Harris struck two vehicles as he exited I-10 onto Ambassador Caffery Parkway.

Senegal said Harris and the passenger, Qwayland Michael, 28, of New Iberia, fled from the moving vehicle towards a nearby hotel. Michael was apprehended in the parking lot of the hotel, and Harris was located in a maintenance closet within the hotel.

Harris was charged with aggravated flight, resisting by flight, two counts of reckless operation, two counts of hit and run, passing on the shoulder, improper lane use, no driver’s license, and no seat belt, Senegal said. Harris was processed at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center before being transported to Lake Charles and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Michael was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for resisting by flight and for an active warrant, Senegal said.

No injuries were reported and no law enforcement vehicles were damaged. The pursuit lasted 65 minutes.

The Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Acadia Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted with the pursuit.

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