LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Two convicted felons are behind bars after a 12-mile police chase by Walker Police that happened Wednesday afternoon.
Manuel Brown, 51, of Denham Springs was the driver of a blue F-150 that was possibly involved in an attempted drug deal. The Police Department received the complaint about the vehicle and it was spotted by an officer in the area of the complaint. The truck was headed south on Walker North Road.
The officer learned the owner of the pickup, Brown, had an extensive criminal background and was considered a violent, repeat offender and that he was a fugitive from Alabama and Mississippi. He was also wanted by Louisiana Probation and Parole authorities.
Brown turned west onto Florida Blvd and was headed toward Denham Springs when officers tried to pull him over. Instead of pulling to the shoulder, police say Brown sped up reaching speeds in excess of 85 miles per hour.
When the chase crossed out of Walker city limits, police notified Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.
During the chase, Brown crashed into a vehicle which had pulled to the side to allow the pursuit to pass. The driver of that vehicle was later taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The impact of the collision slowed Brown enough that the Walker Police units were able to box Brown in and prevent the chase from continuing. The chase ended in Watson, LA on Highway 16, near Cane Market.
Officers told Brown to get out of the truck but he yelled at that "he was not going back to jail." Officers approached the truck and physically removed Brown from the driver's side. Police say he fought the officer's attempt to handcuff him, so after a warning, he was tased.
The passenger in the truck was Richard Bogan, 58, of Jennings, LA. Officers noticed a loaded shotgun was sitting next to him in the truck. Police say Bogan was removed from the truck and handcuffed without incident.
During a search of Brown's truck, investigators found two pillow cases containing numerous items of jewelry and electronic devices, a laptop computer, a generator, a pressure washer, two guitars and two amplifiers. Through further investigation it was learned that many of the items were taken during a burglary in Killian earlier in the day.
Brown was arrested and charged on an outstanding Louisiana Probation and Parole Warrant, an outstanding fugitive felony warrant from Harrison County, Mississippi, and an outstanding fugitive felony warrant from Jefferson County, Alabama. Brown was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated obstruction of a highway, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and speeding. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a $101,303 bond.
Police say despite the bond, Brown is not eligible for release, due to holds placed on him by the States of Alabama and Mississippi, both of which have indicated that they will extradite following disposition of the charges against him in Louisiana.
Richard Bogan was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center after being arrested and charged with illegal possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bogan remains in the Detention Center, with bond set at $51,000.
Additional charges against both men are possible and an investigation is continuing.