WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police Troop I and West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating a police chase that started in West Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday afternoon and ended on the Lafayette side of Whiskey Bay Bridge.
Authorities say the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office received a call that a woman was jumping out of a moving vehicle at the Budget 7 motel on Hwy 190.
When Deputies arrived, they say the unidentified woman was arguing with the driver of the van, trying to get a 2-year-old child out of the van. The woman and child then ran into a motel room and the driver drove off, beginning the police pursuit.
The pursuit started around 1:30 p.m. in Port Allen and ended 20 minutes and three parishes later in St. Martin Parish.
The chase ended after Louisiana State Police Troop I put down spikes strips on I-10 westbound and after the driver ran over the spikes, he crossed over the median and was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes.
"Our vehicles positioned at the bottom of the bridge around Milepost 117," said LSP Troop I Tpr. Brooks David. "We were successful in deploying those strips, but he continued driving. The vehicle went into the median, and then the westbound lane. Our troopers were able to stop traffic, so no one was injured. He took off running and troopers along with WBR deputies were able to capture him and take him into custody."
The driver of the van has been identified as 37-year-old Courtney Lacey of Baton Rouge.
"At this point there are some warrants from EBR and also some warrants out of iberville and an incident in december where she was also a victim - at this point he will be booked with false imprisonment and simple rape," said Col. Ritchie Johnson.
While the chase was happening, the woman had a harrowing tale for deputies. One that included rape and imprisonment.
"It sounds like with initial interviews with the female that she was kept overnight at the Budget 7 against her will. That's what she's telling deputies at this point," said Col. Johnson.
Outstanding warrants indicate that Lacey and the woman have had other domestic violence issues. Despite a long rap sheet including now 26 arrests over 20 years, a friend of Lacey's says he can't believe the news.
"I never expected nothing like this to happen, you know what I'm saying so I don't know what's going on," said Derrick Junius.
Officials with West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office say Lacey's arrest record ranges from disturbing the peace, to stalking, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and cruelty to a juvenile.
The woman and the toddler were both taken to the hospital.
Lacey was arrested and booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail, but investigators say more charges could be added.