High speed pursuit nets one arrest

A Bastrop man is in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center after reportedly fleeing a state trooper on Interstate 20 at speeds topping 130 miles per hour.

At about 8:30 a.m. Monday, Louisiana State Trooper James Pelley was parked in the median at milepost 78 in Lincoln Parish when he clocked a silver Lexus westbound at 86mph.

The trooper activated his lights and siren, but the driver continued west on I-20. At about the 75 milepost, the driver threw two objects out his window and sped up to 100mph.

As the driver entered Bienville Parish, the vehicle’s speed was about 130mph. The Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit. At about milepost 56, the driver attempted to pass a vehicle by traveling in the median. After entering the median, the driver lost control, crossed both westbound lanes, and crashed on the north shoulder of I-20.

The driver, identified as JarJar L. Mays, 42, of Bastrop, was taken into custody. He told officers he was “looking for a safe place to pull over.” He also admitted not having a driver’s license. 

Mays was booked into the Bienville Parish jail and then transferred back to Lincoln Parish to be booked for speeding, aggravated flight from an officer, littering, and no driver’s license. He is being held in lieu of $51,500 bail.


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