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Suspect arrested after vehicle pursuit terminated

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Vernon Wayne Altenberger Vernon Wayne Altenberger
Kimberly Renee Fluitt Kimberly Renee Fluitt

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office received information on Jan. 14, 2014 that a subject wanted for several outstanding warrants had been identified driving an eighteen wheeler in the area of U.S. Hwy. 71 south of Alexandria. 

Vernon Wayne Altenberger, 47, of Ball, is a fugitive from justice and had been sought by law enforcement since December 2013, said RPSO. 

Deputies said they located Altenberger on LA Hwy 470, at which time they attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but he refused to comply. 

RPSO reported Altenberger showed no regard for the safety for others as he weaved through traffic forcing vehicles off the roadway, while traveling at speeds exceeding 90 M.P.H. 

Altenberger eventually lead deputies back towards Alexandria by way of U.S. Hwy 71 and Interstate 49, where there was an increased amount of vehicle traffic. 

Because the safety of civilians is paramount when attempting to affect the arrest of a suspect, RPSO said the decision was made to end the pursuit. 

On Jan. 31, 2014, members of the United States Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force located Altenberger at a residence in Harrison County Mississippi. 

Altenberger was later extradited back to Rapides Parish where he arrived on Feb. 7, 2014. 

During their investigation, detectives learned following the vehicle pursuit, Altenberger abandoned the eighteen wheeler at a local business in Alexandria. 

Altenberger was further assisted by his girlfriend, Kimberly Renee Fluitt, 40, of Ball, in eluding arrest by providing transportation out of the area. 

Detectives were able to establish sufficient probable cause that supported their findings, which resulted in warrants being granted for Altenberger's and Fluitt's arrest. 

On Feb. 21, 2014, while attending an unrelated court proceeding, Fluitt was taken into custody without incident. Fluitt was charged with 1-count Felony Accessory After the Fact.

Fluitt, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and released later that day after posting a $1,000.00 bond. 

Altenberger, who was already incarcerated in the Rapides Parish Detention Center, was also booked on the Feb. 21 in reference to the additional charges. Altenberger was charged with 1-count Aggravated Flight from Officers, 1-count Out of State Bail Jumping, 9-counts Violation of Protective Orders, 1-count Domestic Abuse Battery, 2-counts Child Custody Interference, 1-count Resisting an Officer, and 2-counts Contempt of Court with no bond.

Altenberger is currently being detained at the parish jail with a bond totaling $2,287,000.00.                 

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