February 06, 2019  |  10:10 am

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Mandeville woman and her male passenger just after midnight on Wednesday (Feb 6) after a brief pursuit and scuffle with deputies.

Shortly before midnight on Tuesday (Feb 5) a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy observed a Honda Civic travelling east on Holiday Boulevard in the westbound lanes of travel and attempted to make a traffic stop.  The suspect vehicle fled, but not before striking a curb, damaging both passenger side tires.  The driver, later identified as Chynna Dowling, committed numerous traffic violations, and used her vehicle to ram into a marked STPSO patrol unit during the pursuit on at least two occasions, while fleeing from deputies.

The vehicle was ultimately stopped in the rear of Crestwood Subdivision in Covington after it turned into a parking lot adjacent to the neighborhood park area and was blocked in by pursuing deputies who were able to place both the driver and passenger under arrest.  Upon conclusion of the pursuit, deputies learned that Dowling’s six-year-old daughter was seated in the rear of the vehicle.  Dowling was found to have marijuana on her person, and additional marijuana was also located inside the vehicle.  The child was not injured and was released to the custody of a family member.

The driver, Chynna Dowling (DOB 12/27/1991) of Mandeville, was arrested on the following charges and booked in to the St. Tammany Parish Jail:

L.R.S. 14:55 Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property
L.R.S. 14:96 Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce
L.R.S. 14:93 Cruelty to Juveniles
L.R.S. 14:108.1C Aggravated Flight from an Officer
L.R.S. 40:966E Possession of Marijuana
L.R.S. 32:82 Driving Across Median
L.R.S. 32:415 Driving Under Suspension

The passenger, Cory Kendrick (DOB 03/18/1993) of Lafayette, was arrested after struggling with and attempting to disarm deputies who were attempting to take him into custody.  Kendrick was ultimately arrested and booked in to the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:

L.R.S. 14:27/14:34.6 Attempt/Disarming of a Peace Officer
L.R.S. 14:108 Resisting an Officer
L.R.S. 40:966E Simple Possession of Marijuana