Deputies: Wanted man faces numerous charges after refusing to stop and crashing

Jovian Jerome Clark (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jovian Jerome Clark (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)

AMELIA, LA (WAFB) - A 31-year-old man who was wanted on warrants was arrested after deputies said he sped off and crashed when they tried to pull him over early Wednesday morning.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office reported Jovian Clark of Amelia was taken into custody around 4 a.m. and faces several charges, including aggravated flight from an officer and multiple warrants. One of those warrants was for second-degree kidnapping. Deputies said it stemmed from an investigation into a report of a battery that happened on March 26. They said Clark is accused of holding a woman captive in a vehicle and repeatedly threatening her life.

Authorities said a deputy responded to a report of two people arguing and causing a disturbance at a home off LA 182 in Bayou Vista. The deputy reported spotting a car driven by one of the people accused of being involved in the argument and identifying that suspect as Clark, who was known to be wanted on active warrants.

According to SMPSO, the deputy tried to pull over the car for a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop and sped up. Investigators said Clark lost control of the vehicle a short time later and hit a ditch. He was taken to Teche Regional Medical Center for treatment, but deputies gave no specifics about his injuries.

Clark was taken to the parish jail after being released from the hospital. He was booked on the following charges:

Aggravated flight from an officer

Stop sign violation (2 counts)

Reckless operation of a vehicle

Failure to yield to vehicles approaching or entering an intersection

Simple criminal damage to property

No seat belt

And warrants for:

Domestic abuse battery


Second-degree kidnapping

Illegal possession of stolen things

Resisting an officer

Telephone communications

Improper language


Domestic abuse battery (from Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office)

Domestic abuse battery by strangulation (from Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office)

No bond is set.

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