Suspect faces charges for allegedly pushing man out of SUV, leading police on high speed chase

Suspect faces charges for allegedly pushing man out of SUV, leading police on high speed chase

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police said what started out as a call about someone being pushed out of a moving vehicle turned into a police chase, ending with officers using a stun gun on the driver and arresting him.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Ver Crawford, 29, is charged with aggravated flight from an officer, second-degree aggravated battery and battery of emergency room personnel. No bond was set.

Investigators said a witness reported a passenger was pushed out of a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer on Airline Highway near Evangeline Street around 11:45 p.m. The witness reportedly added the driver had pushed the man out and then continued south on Airline while the man was still lying in the road. The victim was taken to the hospital. He suffered a broken right hand, broken right ankle and cuts and scrapes all over his body.

Authorities said responding officers saw a blue Chevy Trailblazer and tried to get it to pull over, but the driver sped off. They also said the SUV was swerving lane to lane and several vehicles went off the road to avoid getting hit. They added speeds got up to about 85 mph.

Police reported the driver eventually merged onto I-12 and officers were able to throw out spike strips, which the car hit. They said the driver lost control and slammed into the center guardrail, ending the chase.

However, officials said the driver refused to cooperate with the commands given by officers so they could place him under arrest. They added one officer used his department-issued stun gun on Crawford and he was put in handcuffs after what was described as "a struggle on the ground."

BRPD said Crawford was also taken to the hospital for treatment. Investigators said while at the hospital, Crawford grabbed a nurse by the thumb and bent it backwards. According to the probable cause report, the nurse suffered a sprained thumb.

Crawford was treated and sent to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for booking on the above charges.

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