Accused car thief jumps from moving vehicle, caught by K-9 officer

Accused car thief jumps from moving vehicle, caught by K-9 officer

ALBANY, LA (WAFB) - Early Friday morning, deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office were called to a home in Albany for a stolen vehicle complaint.

Reports say a 2010 Chevy Camaro was stolen from a driveway, and the keys were inside the vehicle.

The Camaro was spotted traveling south on Highway 43. The driver refused to stop for LPSO deputies and tried to speed away.

The driver then jumped out of the moving vehicle on North Cafe Line Road and ran into a nearby wooded area, crossing into Tangipahoa Parish.

A deputy with LPSO was able to hop into the rolling vehicle and place it in park without causing damage to the surrounding area or oncoming traffic.

"Members of the LPSO, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office and the Albany Police Department quickly established a perimeter. K-9s from LPSO and TPSO tracked the suspect, along with LPSO Air Support. Air Support spotted the suspect and led both K-9 teams and deputies to the suspect," said officials in a news release.

Kevin Rheams, 22, of Albany was quickly caught by the K9 teams. He was treated at a local hospital and booked into the Tangipahoa Detention Center as a fugitive for LPSO.

Rheams is charged with auto theft, aggravated flight from an officer, and resisting an officer.

No bond has been set.

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