Grambling pursuit ends in Ruston

A Clayton, La., man faces numerous charges after he allegedly fled from a Grambling police officer who attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.

At about noon on Wednesday a Grambling PD officer saw a black Chevrolet Camaro traveling east on U.S. 80 with no visible license plate. When the officer attempted to stop the Camaro, it continued east at reckless speeds, endangering others. The suspect crossed the double yellow line, passing five vehicles causing them to run off the road almost causing a crash. Several westbound vehicles had to pull off the road to avoid being hit head on.

The vehicle continued east on U.S. 80 in excess of 100 miles an hour. Inside the Ruston city limits, the Camaro turned north on Barnett Springs Road, running another vehicle off the roadway.

Another Grambling PD officer was able to block the roadway at Barnett Springs and Courtney Ave. The driver, Louis Matthews, III, 23, stopped and was arrested. A search of the vehicle located a bag of suspected marijuana.

The Grambling State University football team roster lists Matthews as a junior linebacker.

Matthews was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for reckless operation of a vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of marijuana, driving under suspension, no license plate, and other traffic offenses.

Bail was set at $17,150.

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