LACOMBE – A man driving a pickup truck at a high rate of speed forced drivers off the road, led police on a chase, flipped his vehicle into a tree line and had a short standoff with police before surrendering Thursday afternoon, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau said that 36-year-old Kelly Akins from Houston faces at least nine charges involving the chase, resisting an officer, possession of stolen goods and narcotics and several traffic-related offenses.
According to Seuzeneau, a St. Tammy deputy was on his way home on I-12 when a woman flagged him down and warned about a driver she said was speeding down the highway, driving on the shoulders and forcing 18-wheelers off the road.
A short time later, a Dodge Ram pickup went flying by, passing the officer on the shoulder. Deputies chased Akins from Slidell to Lacombe where the pickup flipped several times and landed in a tree line. Akins did not suffer any injuries and fled from the disabled vehicle in possession of a gun.
Deputies were able to convince Akins to give up peacefully.
“This incident could have turned tragic in so many different ways,” says Sheriff Randy Smith. “Our deputies had to make a split second decision on whether or not to use deadly force. They used extreme discretion and were able to safely take this suspect into custody. We are thankful no one was hurt.”
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