ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Donaldsonville man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after leading police on a high speed chase back in February of 2017.
Officials with the 23rd Judicial District Court say on Tuesday, April 17, Brandon Payton, 31, pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including:
- Possession with the intent to distribute schedule I narcotics (2 counts)
- Aggravated criminal damage to property
- Aggravated flight from an officer
- Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics
Back on February 26, 2017, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office saw Payton, who had an active warrant out for his arrest, driving in a brown Mercedes SUV in Donaldsonville. Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop, but Payton refused to stop, and pursuit ensued.
After fleeing from Donaldsonville, Payton continue southbound on LA 308 towards Assumption Parish at a high speed. Due to dangerous road conditions, deputies ended the chase. Then, deputies saw Payton's vehicle become airborne and catch fire after hitting a home on LA 308. Deputies rushed to crash scene and were able to pull Payton from the vehicle and evacuate the home.
Payton was then transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. While searching Payton, deputies found a quantity of individually wrapped plastic baggies of heroin and methamphetamine packaged for sale. Deputies also found just under $1,000 in cash. After being cleared by medical staff, Payton was booked into the Ascension Parish Detention Center and booked.
Then on June 10, 2017, which in jail, staff received information that Payton was receiving card stock paper in the mail that had been sprayed with a chemical that causes a high similar to marijuana. Payton was apparently selling this product to other inmates. Detective's searched Payton's belongings and found the card stock, which was submitted to the Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis. It was found the chemicals on the paper were ingredients commonly used in the production of synthetic cannabinoids. Payton was then booked on charges for this offense.
Payton was sentenced to 17 years with credit for time served.