Police: Man leads police on chase with child in the vehicle

Police: Man leads police on chase with child in the vehicle
K9 Officer "Tag" and Officer TJ Morse
K9 Officer "Tag" and Officer TJ Morse

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man believe to be on drugs is locked up on a slew of charges after leading police on a dangerous chase with his 9-year-old son in the vehicle Saturday night, according to investigators.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Gad Black, 30, of Baton Rouge, led officers on a chase from Baton Rouge to Baker. He was booked on the following charges:


Cruelty to a juvenile

Aggravated flight

Attempted injury of a police dog

Aggravated assault with a vehicle on a police officer (2 counts)

Resisting an officer

Resisting with violence

Battery on an officer

Aggravated criminal damage to property

Attempted aggravated criminal damage to property (2 counts)

Excessive noise

No bond was set.

According to the probable cause report, Black was driving carelessly and playing loud music with the windows down around 8:15 p.m. The document stated a police officer tried to pull him over, but he sped off. Officials said Black went off the road, swerved into oncoming traffic, drove against traffic, ran red lights and hit another vehicle on purpose. They added he was pursued by police cars and a police helicopter.

"The defendant was swerving back and forth across lanes, playing loud music and dancing wildly inside the vehicle," the report stated. "The defendant also hung outside the window and would flip his middle finger."

Investigators reported Black swerved across two lanes and tried to hit two marked police cars in the opposite lane near Plank Road and Denham Street. They added he had a clear path between two vehicles stopped on Plank at Cannon Street, but swerved over and hit the front driver's side of a truck that had four people inside. It is believed he was trying to damage the truck to help him get away.

Police said they were able to put down spike strips and Black's vehicle eventually stopped on Thomas Road in Baker. However, they added he refused to surrender after getting out of the vehicle. They said K-9 "Tag" was after him after several tries to get him to follow police instructions. Reports indicate "Tag" grabbed Black on the ankle and the suspect started punching the dog in the head.

According to the report, when an officer tried to grab the suspect by the arms, he punched the officer in the face. It added he continued to resist and fight until several other officers tackled him to the ground and handcuffed him.

Police said Black's 9-year-old son was found in the front passenger seat curled up in a fetal position after the chase. They added the child was visibly shaken and scared.

The report also stated Black was taken to the hospital, where blood was taken for a toxicology analysis. Investigators said they suspect he was under the influence of some type of drug.

The investigation is ongoing.

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