PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D arrested a Port Allen man Wednesday after he led authorities in two states on a high-speed pursuit.
It began at 6:41 a.m., when a state trooper a stopped a 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse for a traffic violation in Interstate 10 about 2 ½ miles from the Texas state line in Calcasieu Parish.
As the trooper stepped out of his vehicle, the driver of the Mitsubishi accelerated away from the traffic stop. The driver, who was later identified as 23-year-old Talandis O. Cotton of Port Allen, Louisiana (originally from Houston, Texas), led troopers on a chase in western Calcasieu Parish.
Three minutes into the chase, Cotton threw a package out of his window. That package was later located and the contents identified as suspected methamphetamine.
The pursuit continued into Texas where the Texas Department of Public Safety and local authorities took over. The pursuit ended on Texas Highway 87 south of Burkeville when Cotton lost control of the vehicle he was driving at 8:05 a.m.
Cotton was evaluated by medical personnel then placed under arrest by Texas authorities. Cotton was presented before a Texas magistrate then transported back to Louisiana.
Cotton was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center for possession of methamphetamine, obstruction of justice, aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, improper display of a license plate, crossing a highway median, driving left of center, disregarding a stop sign, passing on the shoulder, expired motor vehicle inspection, defective vehicle equipment, and intentional littering.
Bond was set $500,000.
In addition, Cotton is on probation for possession of methamphetamine and a hold has been placed on him by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole.