LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Austin officials say a suspect in Monday’s police chase from Beaumont, Texas, to Westlake, Louisiana, told them where to find a body that is believed to be a missing woman.
Jamie Jerome Wingwood, 40, of Austin, Texas, was arrested Monday following a chase in which he is accused of leading numerous law enforcement agencies down I-10 before crashing in Westlake.
During the chase, Southeast Texas officials learned that a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) had been issued for Wingwood’s maroon 2008 Honda Accord.
According to information released by the Austin Police Department, around 3:35 p.m. on July 7, missing persons detectives began investigating Wingwood and the the suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, San Juana Macias.
Wingwood’s comments made to family members led them to believe that Macias’ life was in imminent danger and Wingwood was fleeing the state to avoid apprehension, according to Austin police.
After Wingwood was apprehended during Monday’s pursuit, Austin detectives traveled to Louisiana to interview him.
Austin officials say Wingwood provided information that led missing persons and homicide detectives to a Roadway Inn in Austin, Texas, where a body of a Hispanic female was found. She had suffered obvious trauma. The woman is believed to be Macias. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Wingwood was booked Monday into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on counts of reckless operation, hit-and-run driving, flight from an officer, aggravated flight from an officer and first-offense possession of marijuana.
Crystal Holmes, public information officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, says that once Wingwood is returned to Texas, he will also face additional counts of felony evading.
The pursuit traveled from Texas into Louisiana, went back into Texas for a brief moment, then continued east into Louisiana and ended with a wreck in Westlake.