Suspects arrested in high speed chase on I-10 identified

Suspects arrested in high speed chase on I-10 identified

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. (KPLC) - The two men arrested in connection with a police chase on I-10 on Labor Day have been identified, according to Trooper Derek Senegal with Louisiana State Police. The chase involved two vehicles, one driven by Trinity Daqwan Coleman, 36, of Franklin, and the other driven by Clarence Fine Jr., 57, of Jeanerette.

According to Senegal, Louisiana State Police received information about a homicide that occurred in the city limits of Franklin around 9 a.m., Monday. At approximately 9:45 a.m. troopers spotted Trinity Coleman, who was a person of interest in the homicide, driving on I-10 near Crowley in a silver Cadillac CTS.

Trinity D. Coleman, 36, Franklin
Trinity D. Coleman, 36, Franklin (Source: Louisiana State Police Troop D)

The troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop but Coleman refused to exit the vehicle. Coleman then fled and began traveling west on I-10 and troopers pursued. The chase reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, Senegal said.

As Coleman entered into Jeff Davis Parish, troopers successfully put out spikes trips which deflated the Cadillac’s tires, however Coleman still refused to stop.

After a few minutes Coleman allegedly pulled over to the shoulder of I-10 in Welsh and began shooting at the driver of another vehicle, who then returned fire. That driver was later identified as Clarence Fine Jr, who was stopped in the westbound lanes of travel. No injuries were reported in the exchange of gunfire.

Coleman continued to flee from police on I-10 west and eventually came to a stop about 3 miles west of Welsh, where he refused to exit the vehicle. It ended with a standoff on I-10 that lasted around three hours, stopping traffic in both directions, Senegal said.

Coleman is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder and illegal discharge of a weapon. Other charges are possible.

Fine was also arrested and is now facing charges of attempted second-degree murder and illegal discharge of a weapon.

Coleman is also considered a person of interest in the shooting death of a 37-year-old woman in Franklin Monday morning.

“We seen the car coming down the interstate with like 20 to 30 cop cars behind them..the whole side driver side was busted, the tires were shot out..he was driving on the rim, said eyewitness Ashley Patrick.

No injuries were reported and no other people or children were inside the vehicle.

One State Police vehicle was damaged in the chase. Jeff Davis and Calcasieu Sheriff’s Deputies as well as the Welsh Police Department assisted.

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