ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB / LSP) - Four Louisiana State Police Troopers were injured after a juvenile subject attempted to evade and flee from them and wrecked on the corner of Rapides and Bolton Avenue in Alexandria.
Around 10:30 a.m., a trooper stopped a gray Nissan Altima northbound on LA Hwy 1 at Airbase Road for traffic violations. The Trooper then asked the driver, later identified as Torie Lewis, 18, of Alexandria, LA, to exit the vehicle. The driver complied and stepped to the rear of the Nissan where the Trooper and Lewis began talking. It is at this point that one of the two juvenile passengers repositioned himself as the driver and sped off. A Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputy that had stopped to provide backup for the Trooper took custody of Lewis as the Trooper gave chase.
After speeding off from the initial traffic stop, the juvenile driver began traveling southbound on LA Hwy 1 at speeds in excess of 100 mph. As the Nissan approached the Alexandria city limits, other troopers joined the pursuit. The juvenile driver continued to refuse to stop as the pursuit approached Rapides Avenue. Then, the Nissan collided with several LSP vehicles before becoming disabled on Rapides Avenue, where the two juveniles were taken into custody.
As a result of the pursuit, four troopers received minor to moderate injuries and required medical attention. One trooper was treated at the scene by medical personnel and three were transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment.
Torie Lewis, 18, Alexandria, LA (1st driver) – tint violation, seat belt violation, possession of CDS I (marijuana), outstanding warrants (Assumption Parish)
Juvenile #1 (B/M 17 yrs) Alexandria, LA (2nd driver) - possession of CDS I (marijuana), aggravated assault with a vehicle on a police officer (3 counts), aggravated flight, resisting a police officer with force or violence, reckless operation, aggravated second degree battery (2 counts)
Juvenile #2 (B/M 17 yrs) Alexandria, LA (passenger) - possession of CDS I (marijuana), outstanding warrants (Assumption Parish and Texas)
All three subjects were booked into the Rapides Parish Jail.
Late Wednesday morning, a police chase led to a crash on the corner of Rapides and Bolton Avenue.
According to witnesses, police were pursuing a gray Nissan sedan when it ended in a multi-vehicle crash. A State Police unit as overturned in the process.
While details are limited at this time, we learned that the incident began when police tried to initiate a traffic stop and the driver failed to cooperate.
We were told that the officers are fine but some injuries were reported. No information was given on suspects but arrests have been made.
APD, State Police and RPSO are still at the scene.