SLIDELL, La. – After a motorcycle deputy was almost hit during a chase Wednesday, officials said the suspect’s family stood by and jeered as he was being arrested.
Authorities said around 2:30 p.m. 26-year-old Joshua Price was clocked going more than 20 mph over the speed limit in the Kingspoint Subdivision.
Deputies said Price refused to stop and almost hit the deputy as he drove through the neighborhood.
When Price stopped in front of a home, officials said he tried to barricade himself inside. The deputy fought with Price until backup arrived, deputies said. That’s when authorities said several of Price’s family members antagonized the deputy during the fight.
“It’s a shame the family didn’t help de-escalate the situation,” said Sheriff Randy Smith with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.” This is sometimes the unfortunate reality of being a law enforcement officer. Things could have turned a lot worse for the deputy, so we’re are grateful he is ok.”
Price was eventually arrested, after being sprayed with pepper spray. He has been booked with aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by violence, possession of marijuana and speeding.