JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — Three individuals are in custody following a police pursuit on the Huey P. Long Bridge that ended in a crash around noon on Wednesday.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Police patrol the bridge over the Mississippi River in Jefferson Parish. According to Causeway GM Carlton Dufrechou, an officer tried to stop a vehicle that was being operated in a reckless manner on the bridge. The driver reportedly refused to stop and sped off the bridge, eastbound down Jefferson Highway and tried to cross over into the westbound lanes before crashing into another vehicle.
Dufrechou says the driver crashed the vehicle near Jefferson and Newman Avenue in Old Jefferson. The driver and a passenger ran away from the scene of the crash, prompting a brief manhunt in the area. Both individuals were later apprehended by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
A third individual, a passenger in the car, was injured in the crash and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
According to Dufrechou, police found a weapon, ski masks and gloves in the vehicle. Charges are still pending.
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