SLIDELL, La. – Two Slidell police officers were hospitalized after flipping their vehicle during the pursuit of a suspect, according to the Slidell Police Department.
Around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, the officers were patrolling the west side of Slidell when they observed a suspicious vehicle turn into a residential neighborhood. The car was missing a head light and did not have a license plate, police said.
When the officers conducted a traffic stop on North Carnation Street, the driver initially began to stop, but for unknown reasons, decided to flee from the officers, according to the SPD.
The officers began to chase the driver, who was later identified as Benjamin Bernard, 28.
During the chase, the officers’ 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe left the roadway, struck a cement drain and flipped over, police said.
Bernard initially got away, but another police officer, who heard the suspect’s vehicle description, recognized the car from a traffic stop on Monday, police said.
In less than two hours, Bernard was in custody and charged with aggravated flight from an officer, failure to have two headlights and hit and run.
“The officers, both of whom were wearing seatbelts, miraculously sustained only minor injuries,” according to the SPD.
The officers were released from the hospital late Thursday morning.