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LSP arrests possible suspect in New Orleans murder after police pursuit

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ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

A suspect in a New Orleans murder is in custody in Ascension Parish following a police pursuit.

Louisiana State Police say they tried to stop a man for speeding westbound on I-10 near Airline Highway Thursday afternoon.  Police say the driver, Antwine Smith, 37, of New Orleans, refused to stop.

The pursuit went on for multiple miles before Smith stopped near LeBlanc's supermarket on Highway 42 and ran into a wooded-area, according to Louisiana State Police Captain Doug Cain. Smith was found hiding off of Cully Broussard Road, and Troopers quickly apprehended him using LSP Air Support and K9 search dogs.

As of 4:30 p.m., troopers were waiting for crime lab technicians to arrive to gather evidence from the Smith's vehicle.

Cain did not have further information immediately available about Smith, other than to say he is "believed to be wanted for a homicide out of New Orleans."

Since then, a spokesperson from the New Orleans Police Department confirmed that Smith is wanted for the July 2013 murder of Merle Offray. The incident occurred outside of the Chocolate Bar on the 500 block of South Road.

Smith was charged with speeding and aggravated flight from an officer. He will be transported back to New Orleans for the outstanding warrant of the Offray murder.

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