June 24, 2022  |  06:58 pm

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Virginia man following a chase, which occurred Friday afternoon near Slidell.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies attempted a traffic stop on a Mazda SUV near Powell Drive on U.S. Highway 11 in Slidell. The vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Virginia, failed to stop and instead initiated a high-speed pursuit down North Drive across Robert Road, turning eastbound on Gause Boulevard and wrecking on Military Road near Cross Gates. During the pursuit the driver, Jamar Jones (DOB 4/26/2001), intentionally rammed three Sheriff’s Office units, causing moderate to minor damage to the units.   No deputies were injured.

The Mazda was occupied by the driver and two occupants. All three were taken to an area hospital to be evaluated for injuries prior to Jones being arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the following charges:

Three counts of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property
Two counts of Simple Criminal Damage to Property
One count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
One count of Aggravated Flight from an Officer
One count of Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce
One count of Reckless Operation.
One count of Improper Lane Use
One count of Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
One count of Bypassing Traffic Control Device (Traffic Light)
One count of Failure to Use Turn Signals
One count of Driving on a Divided Highway

He was also booked on fugitive warrants out of Newport News, Va., for felony burglary, vehicle theft, failure to comply with supervised probation for robbery and two counts of abduction.

“I commend the deputies who worked this call, and I am thankful none of our deputies were hurt,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Let this be a message to other individuals who think they are going to come to St. Tammany and commit crimes. It will not be tolerated here.”