A Cloutierville man currently on parole is in jail after he led Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Louisiana State Police on a 22-mile pursuit early this morning according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
This morning at approximately 1:35am, Deputy B. Keyser assigned to the NPSO Patrol Bureau was patrolling on La. Hwy 1 South near Montrose when he observed a gold 2003 Mercury Sable traveling approximately 80 miles per hour in a posted 55 mph speed zone and being operated in a reckless manner as it turned on La. Hwy 493.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle with emergency lights on due to the traffic violations.
The violator refused to stop leading the deputy on a pursuit on La. Hwy 493 then left on La. Hwy 484 (Cane River area) then right onto La. Hwy 494 reaching speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour.
Deputies observed objects being thrown out of the vehicle.
The pursuit then continued across Shell Beach Bridge on La. Hwy 119 down to Melrose and back out on to La. Hwy 1 turning left traveling south on La. Hwy 1.
Additional NPSO Units and LSP Units were deployed to the area to assist.
The pursuit continued southbound on La. Hwy 1 near Derry where deputies and LSP were stationed with tire deflation devices.
As the pursuit neared, deputies successfully deployed the tire deflation devices causing the vehicle to slow down finally coming to a stop just north of Cloutierville.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Kevin Raphiel Jr., 36, of the 900 block of La. Hwy 491, Cloutierville was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and Reckless Operation of a Vehicle.
State Probation and Parole-Natchitoches District Agents have been notified of the arrest with a parole violation hold pending.
Raphiel remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents are also assisting as the investigation continues into Raphiel’s activities.
The vehicle was impounded.
Deputy B. Keyser, Sgt. M. Robertson, Deputy B. Remo, Lt. M. Wilson and LSP Sgt. J. Jett were involved in the arrest.
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