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KENNER, La. A Metairie man has been arrested after police said he struck a police officer with his car as he recklessly drove in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Kenner Wednesday.

James Bloecher, 29, has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal possession of marijuana, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and several other minor offenses.

According to Kenner police, Bloecher became irritated while stuck in a Wal-Mart parking lot behind a car that was awaiting a parking spot. Police said Bloecher honked his horn repeatedly and then sped around the vehicle, drawing the attention of an officer who was working a detail.

Police said Bloecher refused to obey verbal commands and shifted his vehicle in reverse before he was blocked by another car. He then shifted back into drive and rapidly approached the officer, striking him with the driver side mirror of his vehicle.

Bloecher then raced out of the parking lot and police said several pedestrians had to jump out of the way.

A chase ensued with Kenner Police, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and State Police before he was finally caught at Transcontinental and Veterans where police said he again tried to evade officers and he tossed several objects from his car.

The chase ended when Bloecher crashed his vehicle into an unmarked law enforcement vehicle. He was taken into custody.

Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone who witnessed this incident, to call the Kenner Police Detective Adam Schouest at (504) 712-2304 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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