April 12, 2017  |  10:42 am

Shortly before 9:00 p.m. yesterday evening (Tuesday, April 11), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a blue Honda Civic, which had a stolen license plate, on Highway 59 in Mandeville, LA.

The vehicle, which was driven by 37-year-old, Curtis Savoie (Loranger, LA), fled from deputies as they attempted a traffic stop for the stolen license plate. Savoie, who was wanted out of Tangipahoa Parish for domestic violence by strangulation, led deputies on a chase through Mandeville where he attempted to crash head-on with several police vehicles throughout the chase.

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in the pursuit, which resulted in Savoie crashing the Honda Civic in the 1700 block of W. Causeway Approach. Savoie fled into a wooded area, while the passenger, 33-year-old, Nanci Barnes (Tickfaw, LA), was taken into custody. Savoie was later tracked and apprehended in the woods by K-9 Lex.

It was learned that Savoie fled due to the fact that he had the outstanding warrant, two stolen firearms, methamphetamine, and marijuana inside of the vehicle. Both Savoie and Barnes were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on several charges. During the booking process, deputies located additional methamphetamine, which was hidden inside of Barnes’ bra.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said, “This was a dangerous individual who needed to be taken off of our streets. Our deputies did a great job in safely apprehending this suspect without anyone getting hurt. We would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies who assisted us last night during this incident.”

Savoie was booked with:
14:69 Illegal Possession of Stolen Things
14:69.1 Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms (x2)
14:95(E) Illegal Carrying of Weapons in Presence of CDS
14:96 Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce
14:108.1(C) Aggravated Flight from an Officer
40:966 Possession of Marijuana
40:967(A) Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS Schedule II
40:968 Possession of CDS Schedule III
40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
14:00 Fugitive

Barnes was booked with: 
14:69.1 Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms (x2)
14:95(E) Illegal Carrying of Weapons in Presence of CDS
40:966 Possession of Marijuana
40:967(A) Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS Schedule II
40:968 Possession of CDS Schedule III
40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
14:402 Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional