NEW ORLEANS -- State Police trying to make a routine traffic stop ended up with a high-speed chase and big drug bust, confiscating six pounds of marijuana and six ounces of cocaine from the driver.
Toby Dillard, 33, was booked on numerous charges: aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, hit and run, negligent injuring, attempted car jacking, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.
Dillard, of Goldsboro, NC, was driving eastbound on I-12 near the LA 445 Robert exit when state police went to pull him over after an alleged traffic violation. Dillard, according to officials, refused to slow down and tried to elude troopers.
Dillard managed to get off the interstate at U.S. 190 and continued through Covington onto LA 25. Officials say he was disregarding traffic signs and driving into oncoming traffic.
Eventually Dillard lost control of his vehicle and crashed his car, officials say. He then allegedly fled on foot, and before he was arrested he tried to carjack another vehicle, officials say.
Officials said Dillard tried unsuccessfully to get rid of a trash bag full of cocaine and marijuana while on the run. Officers recovered six pounds of marijuana and six ounces of cocaine.
During the chase a 24-year-old woman was injured after her car was forced off the roadway. Her injuries are said to be moderate.
Dillard, however, was uninjured. He is in Washington Parish Jail and will be booked accordingly into the St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parish jails.