HOUMA, La. - Two men from the Houma-Thibodaux area were arrested on drug and child desertion charges after police said they were led on a high-speed chase with the suspects' car having two young children in the back seat.

The incident occurred just after 10 p.m. in the area of East Street near Daniel Turner Trailer Court.

According to police, an officer noticed a tan Altima stopped in the middle of the roadway and attempted to make a traffic stop. The car sped off and led police on a chase through several neighborhoods at speeds up to 70 mph.

Police said Jeremy Sims, 30, or his front seat passenger, identified as Darreka I. Boykins, 37, tossed several items out of the car during the chase, including a handgun, Halloween mask and gloves.

The chase ended when the Altima slammed into a curb at Main and Grand Caillou roads.

Police discovered Boykins' 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter in the back seat of the car.

Boykins was arrested on outstanding warrants along with child desertion (placing a child in hazardous conditions). Sims was charged with aggravated flight, possession of a stolen firearm, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and a warrant for contempt of court.

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