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Suspect in custody following lengthy police chase through Baton Rouge, officials say

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 12:05 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) tell WAFB a mam is now in custody after a lengthy police chase Wednesday morning throughout the city of Baton Rouge.

A tow truck operator prepares to tow a truck that was involved in a lengthy police chase in...
A tow truck operator prepares to tow a truck that was involved in a lengthy police chase in Baton Rouge, La. on the morning of Wednesday, May 12, 2021.(WAFB)
A tow truck operator prepares to tow a truck that was involved in a lengthy police chase in...
A tow truck operator prepares to tow a truck that was involved in a lengthy police chase in Baton Rouge, La. on the morning of Wednesday, May 12, 2021.(WAFB)

The police chase began sometime before 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 12 on Jefferson Avenue in Baton Rouge when officers attempted to pull over a person in a dark-colored vehicle in connection with an incident that happened at a nearby gas station.

Police identified the suspect as Derrick Lathan, 50. Authorities say Lathan will be charged with resisting arrest, aggravated flight from an officer, and simple damage to property and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Officials say the suspect refused to stop and officers have been pursuing the suspect ever since. The police chase took officers all over the city, including in front of the WAFB-TV studio in downtown Baton Rouge.

This is a developing news story. WAFB will update this story when more information is available.

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