A pursuit of two 16 year old New Orleans teenagers following a Slidell area carjacking resulted in the teens being arrested and booked with a variety of offenses, Sheriff Jack Strain announced today.
Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at approximately 10:00 p.m. last night from a resident of the Harborside Apartments on Oak Harbor Blvd. The resident reported having been carjacked by two unknown black males, one of whom pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim during the commission of the crime. The two males then entered the vehicle and drove away, with the one carrying the weapon driving the vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies patrolling the area spotted the car approximately one half mile from the complex on Oak Harbor Blvd. and attempted to stop the vehicle, a 2002 blue Ford Taurus. The driver accelerated in an attempt to outrun deputies and entered Interstate 10 southbound, toward the twin spans.
Speeds during the pursuit at times reached 100 miles per hour, with the suspect vehicle swerving around traffic on I-10. Once on the twin spans, the driver of the Taurus lost control of the vehicle during one such maneuver and impacted the guard rail of the bridge, disabling the car.
The driver and passenger of the Taurus exited the vehicle and began running South on the bridge. Deputies followed in their patrol vehicles until, after approximately one half mile, the two teens became exhausted and surrendered.
Deputies retrieved a cell phone and a black semi-automatic handgun from the vehicle.
The two males were arrested and brought to the Sheriff’s Office Slidell Law Enforcement Complex on Brownswitch Rd. and their parents, who live on the South shore, were notified. The father of one of the teenagers travelled to Slidell to be in the presence of his son during questioning. His son provided a statement concerning the incident. The other teen was not questioned due to the inability of his parents to travel to the northshore.
Both teens were transported to the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. The driver is being charged with carjacking, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer and driving without a license. The passenger is being charged with principal to commission of a crime.