THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - Police are searching for a man accused of using his vehicle to ram a police car, nearly hitting an officer.
The Thibodaux Police Department said Elgin Parfait Jr., 28, of Houma, is wanted on the following charges:
Attempted first-degree murder of a police officer
Aggravated flight from an officer
Aggravated criminal damage to property
Simple criminal damage to property
Possession of marijuana
Reckless operation of a vehicle
Police said the incident happened Thursday afternoon when an officer tried to pull over Parfait for alleged reckless driving. They added Parfait was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe.
"One of our officers was patrolling in the area and saw a car driving very erratic and reckless and attempted to pull the vehicle over," said David Melancon with TPD. "The vehicle initially pulled over in the parking lot of a nearby business. The officer ordered him several times to exit out of the vehicle, but he ignored the commands and eventually rammed the police officer's vehicle. The officer ran out of the way to take cover."
The officer reported the driver intentionally rammed the police car because he could have easily pulled over without hitting it.
"He eventually stopped ramming the vehicle and fled the area. The vehicle pursuit ended in Raceland, nearly 14 miles away when units could no longer continue the pursuit due to unsafe conditions," Melancon added.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana State Police assisted with the chase. They eventually found the SUV, but the suspect managed to escape.
"The officer was able to recognize the photo of the driver, so we were able to identify him," Melancon said.
Parfait has three prior arrests in Terrebonne Parish. They include charges for possession of narcotics, theft, traffic violations and intimidating, injuring or beating a witness.
"They did find a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle," Melancon noted.
Investigators said Parfait's bond will be set at $318,500 when he is arrested.
If you know anything regarding his whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 743-7433. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.