IBERIA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A 17-year-old was arrested Sunday, December 18 after taking law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase in a stolen car. It was also discovered by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office the teen has no driver's license.
Sunday night around 8:30 p.m., a St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office deputy in Baldwin observed a vehicle speeding on Rail Road Ave. The deputy also observed the vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign on Orphan Home Rd. The deputy then initiated a traffic stop. The report state the vehicle failed to pull over and began to travel at a high rate of speed along Hwy. 182, forcing other vehicle off the road.
The deputy followed the vehicle onto Chitimacha Trail, LA Hwy. 324, and LA Hwy. 87 into Iberia Parish. The report states the driver then lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch on Hwy. 87. A passenger then got out of the car and fled on foot into a wooded area. The deputy ordered the driver, who was later identified as Jerrius N. Charles, 17, of Jeanerette, out of the vehicle. While being detained, Charles fled on foot.
The report states deputies followed him over two metal fences and then successfully apprehended him. During the subsequent investigation, deputies found that Charles was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Iberia Parish. Deputies also discovered Charles was operating the vehicle with no driver's license.
Charles was arrested and transported to the parish jail. He is booked on charges of aggravated flight from an officer, illegal possession of stolen things, and no driver's license. No bail has been set at this time.
The case remains under investigation.