Man who eluded police captured

A man who allegedly fled a police officer’s attempt to stop him for a traffic violation was captured shortly after the chase was abandoned Monday night.

About 11:00 p.m. last Monday, a Ruston police officer saw an SUV traveling south on Trenton Street by the Lincoln Parish Library. The vehicle reportedly crossed the center line and reportedly changed lanes several times without signaling. When the officer attempted to stop the SUV, it speeded up and fled from the officer.

The vehicle was pursued through downtown Ruston, exceeding the posted speed limit and running the traffic light at South Trenton St. and Dan Reneau Drive.

The officer lost sight of the vehicle, but a patrol supervisor spotted it and pursued it West on U. S. 80.  A license plate check provided the owner’s address and a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy located the suspect vehicle on Greene Lane, just west of Ruston off U. S. 80.

The occupant of the residence gave officers permission to search and Jaylen T. Kelly, 19, was found under the covers of a bed.

Kelly admitted being the driver of the vehicle that was pursued. He was arrested for aggravated flight from an officer, no driver’s license, and careless operation of a vehicle and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. 

Later, a Grambling Police officer went to the detention center and added three unrelated arrest warrants for Kelly for aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm, and disturbing the peace.

Bail was set at $70,500.

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