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PRAIRIEVILLE, La. -- A man wanted by the New Orleans Police Department for a murder was arrested Thursday by State Police after a high-speed chase in Ascension Parish.

According to State Police, around 2 p.m., a trooper attempted to pull over Antwine Smith, 37, on Interstate 10 near Highway 61. Smith, who was driving an Infiniti, led the trooper on a chase through Sorrento and Gonzales on Highway 61 after getting off Interstate 10.

The trooper stopped the chase in the Gonzales area and gave the description of the vehicle to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. Deputies, according to State Police, found the Infiniti on Cully Broussard Road off of LA Highway 42 at LA Highway 929 in Prairieville.

An eyewitness told deputies Smith had abandoned the vehicle and was running on foot. K-9 search dogs and State Police Air Support assisted in attempting to locate Smith, who was found hiding in the woods off of Cully Broussard Road.

Smith was wanted for the killing of Merle Offray, who was fatally shot on July 21 in the 500 block of South Broad Street, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Troopers booked Smith into the Ascension Parish Prison, and he will be transported back to New Orleans for the outstanding homicide warrant.

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