NPSO- A Lafayette Parish man was arrested on mulitple traffic charges following a pursuit in Natchitoches and Rapides Parishes on March 17, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

NPSO Patrol Division deputy Lt. Barry Dalme clocked a 2013 Toyota Corolla speeding 94 mph in a posted 75 mph speed zone while traveling southbound on Interstate-49 just south of Natchitoches.

Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the vehicle failed to stop leading deputies on a pursuit reaching speeds over 100 mph into Rapides Parish.

Deputies contacted Louisiana State Police Troop-E Alexandria for assistance.

Troopers responded to near milepost #98 north of Alexandria where they attempted to utilize tire deflation devices.

The violator observed the devices entered the median then turned traveling northbound where he took the Rapides Station exit onto La. Hwy 1200 then turned left traveling southbound on I-49 again.

Troopers were able to deploy tire deflation devices again near milepost# 94 where a successful deployment took place.

Shortly thereafter, the suspect entered the median where he was taken into custody by Natchitoches Parish Deputies and Louisiana State Police without incident.

During the arrest, Lt. Dalme received a moderate laceration to his arm and was treated at the scene by
Acadian ambulance.

LSP and Deputies arrested:

James Francisco, 36, of the 1500 block of Duchamp Road, Broussard, La. was transported and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on multiple traffic charges by Louisiana State Police.

When released from Rapides Parish, Francisco is facing Natchitoches Parish charges of Speeding 94/75, Speeding 113/75, Driving under Suspension and Aggravated Flight from an Officer.

Lt. Dalme later went to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he received six stitches to his arm due to the injury.

LSP impounded the vehicle.

Sheriff Jones extends his appreciation and thanks to Louisiana State Police, Troop-E for their assistance during the pursuit of this suspect who couldn’t give a reason as to why he was fleeing from law enforcement.

Assisting in the pursuit were: Deputy D. Pleasant, Sgt. J. Augustus, Trooper J. Axsom and Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria.