Suspects identified in chase involving stolen vehicle; search continues
EAST FELICIANA PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Authorities said two men remain on the run following a law enforcement pursuit involving a stolen suburban on the morning of Tuesday, May 30.
Authorities identified the two males as Montero Matthews, 19, and Erick Whitfield, 19, both from Ethel, Louisiana. Authorities said Matthews was the driver of the vehicle, while Whitfield was the passenger.
According to East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis, the short pursuit began on Plank Road around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Sheriff Travis said the suburban was driving erratically before a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop.
When the deputy attempted to make the traffic stop, the suburban sped up and eventually ran off the road into a ditch, authorities said. They added the two suspects in the vehicle took off on foot into some nearby woods.
According to Sheriff Travis, a perimeter was set up in the area of Plank Road and Highway 412.
During the investigation, authorities learned the suburban involved in the pursuit had been stolen out of Baton Rouge.
The suburban was pulling a trailer and four-wheeler, authorities said. They added those items were also stolen.
The Dixon Correctional Institute Dog Tracking Team and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office assisted with the manhunt.
Arrest warrants have been secured for the two suspects, authorities said.
Deputies said Matthews faces charges of possession of stolen things, aggravated flight from an officer, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Whitfield faces charges of possession of stolen things and flight from an officer.
Anyone with details that can help authorities is urged to contact the East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office by calling the number (225) 683-5459 or by calling 911.
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