VERNON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Two soldiers were arrested yesterday after leading State Police on a high speed chase.
The chase began on LA Hwy 8 just after 12:30 pm Friday afternoon. A Louisiana State Trooper was on patrol in Vernon Parish when he saw two motorcycles traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The trooper attempted to stop the motorcycles but they both accelerated to speeds in excess of 120 mph. After pursing the bikes for several miles, one of them turned onto LA Hwy 184, the other continued east on LA Hwy 8.
Prior to the motorcycles separating the trooper clocked one of the bikes going 142 mph in a 65 mph zone. The trooper pursued the eastbound motorcycle which then turned west onto LA Hwy 28 West, reaching almost 160 mph. The trooper then realized that the bikes were headed toward Fort Polk. Fort Polk was notified and they closed their entrance gates.
One of the motorcycles turned onto LA Hwy 469 and stopped at the gates of Fort Polk where he was apprehended by the pursing Trooper. The second motorcycle was stopped by Vernon Parish Sheriff's Deputies on LA Hwy 184 at another entrance gate at Fort Polk.
The drivers were identified as Nathaniel Sanders, 20, of Fort Polk, LA and Carlton Jamison, 23, of Honolulu, HI. Both men are military solider's currently stationed at Fort Polk.
Sanders was charged with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, no driver's license on person, and speeding. Jamison was charged with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and speeding. Both were booked into the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.