WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - New details have emerged in the investigation into a chase that started in West Baton Rouge Parish and led several law enforcement agencies on a nearly 40-mile high speed pursuit.
Investigators say a woman called for help saying she had been kidnapped, raped and held against her will at the Budget 7 Motel on Florida Blvd. around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. When deputies arrived, they were told a 2003 Dodge van was involved. When deputies attempted to question the driver of a van, Courtney Lacey, he drove off.
The 9News Investigators got the 9-1-1 call:
CALLER: They got a kid in it. I know the lady jumped out.
DISPATCH: Jumped out of the van while it was moving or?
CALLER: Yes, she jumped out the van while it was moving. He just took the kid out the van, jumped across the median and almost caused an accident.
CALLER: Oh he just took off from the cops.
DISPATCH: He's running? We got a pursuit.
The chase started on Florida Blvd. and ended near the Henderson exit on I-10 in St. Martin Parish.
Louisiana State Police set up spike strips on I-10 near the Henderson exit, which forced Lacey to jump the median and cross into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes.
Lacey tried to run from his vehicle, but was captured and taken to the West Baton Rouge Parish jail after he was booked into St. Martin Parish as a fugitive.
He is facing a rape charge and a charge of imprisonment.
Lacey is no stranger to the law. Before this arrest, he had been arrested 25 times in the past 20 years.
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 9News Investigators learned on Dec. 18, 2014, Iberville Parish Deputies had a similar case involving Lacey, the same victim and same child. Investigators said the victim, who once had a relationship with Lacey, called 9-1-1 pleading for help and fearing her life. That time, Lacey is also said to have led Iberville deputies on a chase with the same victim and her child in the vehicle with speeds up to 95 miles an hour. When Lacey made it to a dead end, investigators said he fled on foot and deputies lost him.
As for his most current incident, WBR investigators said their investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed against Lacey.