THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - Police said a high speed chase early Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of an armed robbery suspect with lots of drugs in his possession and had an unusual but safe ending.
The Thibodaux Police Department reported Christopher Smith, 49, of Thibodaux, fled from officers who tried to pull him over after he allegedly ran a stop sign around 2:30 a.m.
Police Chief Bryan Zeringue said Smith led officers on a chase that reached speeds of 95 mph that ended and ended when the hood on the vehicle popped up, covering the windshield and forcing him to slow down, and then the suspect turned down a dead end street.
He added at one point during the chase, Smith rammed an iron gate and drove through a homeowner's yard.
Investigators said they found illegal drugs and cash in Smith's vehicle. They added they learned he had two active warrants, one for armed robbery.
Smith was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on the following charges:
Possession with intent to distribute amphetamine
Possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone
Possession with intent to distribute MDMA
Possession with intent to distribute heroin
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Aggravated flight from an officer
Possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle
Violation of a stop sign
Armed robbery warrant
Contempt of court warrant for failing to appear on traffic charges
His bond was set at $261,300.
Officials reported he and an accomplice robbed several people at gunpoint at a hotel in February. The suspect allegedly got away with drugs and other items.
The Thibodaux Police Department thanked the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police for assistance with the chase.