Heads-up deputy leads police to suspected driver wanted in high-speed chase

Heads-up deputy leads police to suspected driver wanted in high-speed chase
Charles Goss-Richard (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Charles Goss-Richard (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Amanda Atkins (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Amanda Atkins (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said the third person sought after a chase, who is believed to have been the driver, was caught Wednesday morning.

Louisiana State Police reported Christopher Barnwell, 21, of Elberta, AL, was arrested in Denham Springs around 8 a.m. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on the following charges:

Speeding

He is also being held on several fugitive warrants from Alabama. His bond was set at $26,666.50.

Tpr. Jared Sandifer said a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was headed to work when he spotted Barnwell walk into a convenience store on Florida Boulevard near Pete's Highway. He added the deputy then contacted the Denham Springs Police Department.

Charles Goss-Richard, 21, of Foley, AL, and Amanda Atkins, 35, of Bon Secour, AL, were arrested Tuesday morning. They are both charged with illegal possession of stolen things, possession of drug paraphernalia and flight from an officer.

According to Sandifer, a trooper tried to pull over a car on I-12 for allegedly speeding, but the driver led law enforcement officers on a chase. He said the people in the car eventually bailed out and ran into a nearby wooded area.

Investigators reported finding drug paraphernalia in and around the car. They later learned the vehicle was a rental car that was reported stolen in Tennessee.

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