WALKER, LA (WAFB) - A Hammond man is behind bars, facing a long list of charges, after leading police on a high speed chase down I-12 Monday morning.
Walker Police say 41-year-old Roland Reine, of Hammond, first caught the attention of an officer when his vehicle slid to a stop at the intersection of Florida Blvd and Walker South Road around 2 a.m. Monday. The officer noticed Reine and his passenger, a woman, were arguing and decided to investigate.
The officer said Reine took off as he drove towards I-12. Dashcam video from the police unit shows the woman waving her arms out of the car window in apparent distress.
As Reine made a sharp turn onto the I-12 eastbound on-ramp, the video shows the passenger opened the door and tried to jump out. According to investigators, Reine grabbed the passenger by her hair and pulled her back in. The officer tracking the car feared the worst.
"At this point, the officer is wondering is this an abduction because she seemed so desperate to get out," said Walker Police spokesman Capt. John Sharp.
According to police, Reine led them on a 16-mile pursuit down the intestate, reaching up to 115 miles per hour. By the time Reine pulled off at the Holden exit, police say four units were following him including deputies from the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.
Sharp said Reine eventually screeched to a stop on James Chapel Road, before running barefoot and shirtless into the woods. Officers quickly caught up to him and arrested him.
"He still continued to resist. He did not want to go to jail," said Sharp. "He tried to kick the unit out of one of our police cars."
Police say Reine's blood alcohol content was .103, well above the legal limit of .08. Officers learned the passenger was his girlfriend and that he was far from abducting her. He had promised to drive her home after a party.
The couple reportedly got into a fight on the way. The chase ended a few blocks from her house. Police did not identify the woman, but said she was unhurt. She was not charged with any crime. Sharp said it's a miracle that no one was hurt or even killed.
"That's what alcohol will do. It impairs your judgment and one of the reasons we encourage people not to drink and drive," said Sharp.
Reine was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail and faces a list of charges including careless operation of a motor vehicle, first offense DWI, false imprisonment, aggravated obstruction of a highway of commerce, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and no driver's license. He is being held on a $52,835 bond.