BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man armed with an ax admitted he charged a Baton Rouge Police Officer, knocked him down, and stole his police cruiser on Thursday night, according to a police report.
Just after 11 p.m., a BRPD officer was called to a house on W. Garfield Street because a man with no shirt on was swinging an ax at a vehicle and a house, causing damage. Police officials say the man was attempting to burglarize homes.
When the officer arrived, 41-year-old Deandre James Trahan "suddenly and without warning, charged the officer while armed with an ax" as the officer was getting out of his vehicle.
The police report states Trahan shoved the driver's door abruptly and with force, causing the officer to fall to the ground.
"He was taken by surprise," Cpl. L'jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "The officer saw him and before he was able to get out to engage him, he was on top of the officer. They got into a scuffle. From there, the officer was thrown away from the car. That's when the guy got inside. The officer did not stand a chance"
While the officer was on the ground, Trahan jumped into the marked police unit and drove off.
Because all BRPD marked police vehicles have GPS, officials were able to track it going over the Mississippi River Bridge, taking the Highway 415 exit in Port Allen and driving up US 190. That is when West Baton Rouge Deputies stepped in to help and set up spike strips, finally stopping the car. It landed in the ditch.
BRPD, West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police were involved in the pursuit.
"We tazed this particular individual multiple times in which he was transported to the hospital and later booked for armed robbery and criminal damage to property," said Cpl. McKneely.
The ax Trahan had was found in the police car after the chase.
Trahan was arrested and charged with armed robbery and criminal damage to property.
When questioned, the police report states Trahan wrote a statement where he admitted to taking the patrol unit from the officer while armed with an ax.
The officer was taken to the hospital for moderate injuries and released. The 29-year-old officer has been with the department for two and a half years.
Trahan's bond has not yet been set.