A St. Tammany Parish motorcycle deputy is considering himself lucky this evening as he narrowly avoided from being struck by a vehicle after a mid-afternoon vehicle pursuit.
Around 2:30 P.M., a STPSO deputy tried stopping 26-year-old, Joshua Price (New Orleans, LA), after he was clocked going 48 miles per hour through the Kingspoint Subdivision, where the speed limit is only 25 miles per hour. Price refused to stop, and almost struck the deputy, as he recklessly drove through the crowded neighborhood.
Price stopped in front of a residence and tried to barricade himself inside. The deputy struggled and fought with Price until backup arrived. The most disturbing part about this incident is not the fact that Price almost ran over the deputy, but that several of his family members watched and antagonized the deputy while he was struggling to handcuff Price.
Price was eventually detained, after being pepper sprayed, and was charged with: Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Resisting an Officer by Violence, Possession of Marijuana, and Speeding.
The family members, whether agree or disagree, did not commit a crime and were not arrested. Sheriff Randy Smith says, “It’s a shame the family didn’t help deescalate the situation. This is sometimes the unfortunate reality of being a law enforcement officer. Things could have turned a lot worse for the deputy, so were are grateful he is ok.”
Price was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond has yet to be set.