DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a man and woman were arrested on various charges after leading officers on a chase Tuesday morning and it is believed a third suspect may still be on the loose.
Louisiana State Police reported Charles Goss-Richard, 21, of Foley, AL, and Amanda Atkins, 35, of Bon Secour, AL, were both booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on charges of illegal possession of stolen things, possession of drug paraphernalia and flight from an officer.
Atkins was also arrested on a narcotics-related warrant out of Alabama. Bond was set at $8,500 for each suspect.
Tpr. Jared Sandifer with LSP said the incident started with a trooper trying to pull over a 2015 Nissan Altima for allegedly speeding on I-12 near Denham Springs around 11:30 a.m. He added the driver continued on I-12 East, exited at Juban Road and headed toward US 190. He stated troopers later saw two people get out of the car and run into a wooded area.
Troopers said they found drug paraphernalia in and around the car and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen from Tennessee. The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Denham Springs Police Department and Walker Police Department responded to the scene to help with the search for the suspects. The LPSO helicopter and police dogs were also used.
Sandifer said Goss-Richard and Atkins were caught a short time later and taken to jail.
The third suspect troopers believe also jumped out of the car at some point and ran into the woods is described as an average built white man with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black tank top, dark pants or jeans, and black and white shoes.
The investigation is ongoing.