Shreveport Car-Jacker Leads Vernon Parish Police on a Dangerous Chase
Another Shreveport car-jacking leads to a violent high-speed chase in Vernon Parish.
The Many Police Department indicated that Officers had attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle in Many and the driver had refused to stop and began fleeing from Officers.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office joined the pursuit which traveled South through Florien and into Vernon Parish.
Officers from the Anacoco Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, and Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force joined in the pursuit in an effort to get the suspect vehicle stopped.
The driver of the suspect vehicle aggressively attempted to ram police units and was traveling South bound in the North bound lanes of Highway 171
The driver had managed to avoid spike strips on at least two occasions prior to entering Vernon Parish.
Sabine Deputies had attempted pursuit intervention techniques (PIT) on the vehicle but with no success. They reported that during the pursuit the suspect would laugh and waive at the officers as they attempted to stop his vehicle.
After crossing the Vernon Lake bridge a Sabine patrol deputy, who was attempting to get civilian drivers out of the lane of travel, was rammed twice by the suspect vehicle which caused the unit to leave the roadway and become disabled on its side in a ditch.
Vernon Parish Detectives successfully preformed a PIT maneuver twice on the vehicle causing the suspect vehicle to leave the roadway, but the subject was able to regain control of the vehicle, and make reentry onto the highway. The suspect then began to aggressively ram patrol units.
In an effort to prevent the suspect vehicle from entering into the City Limits of Leesville, a female Vernon Parish Narcotics Agent, struck the vehicle head on in her patrol unit.
Both vehicles came to a rest in the traffic median. At that time officers from multiple agencies surrounded the vehicle and were forced to break the driver's window to remove the suspect from the vehicle.
It was learned that the suspect vehicle was reported as stolen in an armed car jacking in Shreveport.
The suspect refused to identify himself to police, but after questioning police learned that the man's name is James Machado Jr. of New Hampshire after he gave several false names.
The suspect was transported to the Vernon Parish Jail.
The Sabine Parish Deputy and the female VPNTF Agent suffered minor injures.
Two VPSO patrol units suffered significant damage.
Numerous criminal charges are expected in multiple jurisdictions.
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