BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police say three people from Florida are in custody after they jumped out of a car and ran away during a traffic stop early Thursday morning. Officials with Louisiana State Police say two of the three took a taxi to the Greyhound bus station in Baton Rouge.
According to TFC Jared L. Sandifer, a trooper tried to pull over a vehicle on I-10 around midnight, but when he got out of his unit, the driver sped off. He said the vehicle exited at Grosse Tete and the driver, along with possibly two others, bailed out of the vehicle and ran into a cane field not far from the Tiger Truck Stop.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 25-year-old Daanish Johnson of Jacksonville, FL, pulled his vehicle to a stop on the shoulder. Reports say as the Trooper exited his vehicle to conduct the traffic stop, Johnson drove away and the Trooper chased after them, but soon lost sight of the vehicle.
A short time later, the abandoned Cadillac ATS was discovered on a side street west of LA Hwy 77.
Troopers asked for assistance from LSP Air Support, the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Angola K9 search team in locating the men.
During the search, an employee at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete informed authorities that two suspicious males had been picked up by a taxi at the truck stop. The taxi cab company informed Troopers that the two males had been dropped off at the Greyhound bus station on Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge.
Troopers along with DPS Officers, Baton Rouge City Police and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office were able to locate Johnson and one of his passengers, 20-year-old Devonte Crawford of Jacksonville, FL, at the bus station.
Both were placed under arrest and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail as fugitives from Iberville Parish. They were then transported to the Iberville Parish jail where Johnson was booked with aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer, reckless operation, following too closely, and improper lane usage. Crawford was booked for resisting an officer.
The search for the second passenger of the vehicle continued through the morning, but was called off shortly before noon. However, a short time after the search was called off a suspicious individual was spotted near the Tiger Truck Stop.
Several members of the Angola K9 search team and Iberville SO deputies were still in the area and were able to quickly place him in custody. He was identified as 30-year-old Thomas Payne, also of Jacksonville, FL.
Payne was booked into the Iberville Parish jail for resisting an officer.
This case remains under investigation.