What began as a routine traffic stop turned into a high speed chase and foot pursuit after the driver of a black Dodge Neon refused to stop for Lt. Kevin Woodard, of the Lafayette Police Department, in the Bradley Hollow area, late Saturday night.

“The automobile chase ensued when Lt. Woodard attempted to stop a black Dodge in Bradley Hollow for car violations,” stated LPD Captain Ray Amalfitano on Monday afternoon June 13th. “The driver refused to stop and he took Sneed Blvd. to Highway 52, then turned on Days Road to Chicken Creek. Within that time period, Lt. Woodard witnessed the suspect throw some type of bag out the driver’s side of the car as the pursuit proceeded.”

“The car went off into the creek, with the male driver getting out and running,” continued the Captain. “Due to the impending storm, we had to get the vehicle out of the creek and it was towed to our impound lot on Franklin Avenue. After an initial search of the Dodge Neon, we found a loaded gun. We know who the suspect is and numerous charges are pending.”

Captain Amalfitano set up a perimeter and the search continued for a couple of hours, with assistance from the Sheriffs Department and Constable Tom Dallas.

(At press time, no arrests had been made.)