CALCASIEU PARISH, La. (KPLC) - A driver who led police on a chase from Beaumont, Texas, to Westlake, Louisiana, Monday will be questioned about a missing persons case, Texas authorities said.
The maroon 2008 Honda Accord involved in the police chase was found to be linked to an endangered/missing persons case out of Austin, Texas, according to information from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver has been identified as a male, but Jefferson County authorities say his name will not be released until he is arraigned.
Jefferson County officials say the chase began at 11:39 a.m. when deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on I-10 eastbound, near Hamshire Road, for a traffic violation. The vehicle instead fled.
Deputies ran the license plate and found it was linked to an endangered/missing persons case with the Austin Police Department.
The chase continued through Beaumont, into Orange County, into Louisiana, where the suspect exited the interstate, made a u-turn and headed westbound on I-10, causing a major wreck with a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler..
The chase went back into Texas, to the Texas Welcome Station parking lot, where the suspect briefly drove the wrong direction on the service road before getting back on I-10 east into Louisiana.
Back in Louisiana, the chase continued on I-10 east until the suspect exited in Westlake.
Jefferson County authorities say he struck two law enforcement vehicles before wrecking on La. 378 and Hollis Road.
He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment.
He faces multiple counts in Texas and Louisiana. Investigators from Austin are expected to question him about the missing persons case.
In addition to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, officers and deputies with the Beaumont Police Department, Vidor Police Department, Orange Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Louisiana State Police, Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office, Vinton Police Department, Sulphur Police Department and Westlake Police Department were involved in the chase, as were several Louisiana constables.
One person is in custody following a police chase that began in Texas and ended in Westlake.
“We try to get pursuits like these ended as quick as possible," Louisiana State Trooper Derek Senegal said. "We don’t want to, you know, put the public at risk, but of course the public is at risk when we have a fleeing vehicle. It was a few minutes before he exited his vehicle, but we were able to get him out of his vehicle and get him apprehended. Of course the vehicle was also in a crash, so of course we called Acadian Ambulance and got him to the hospital.”