booking photo of Robert Joseph Abraham II

A Shreveport man is behind bars following a high-speed chase with Bossier City police officers.  

Bossier police have arrested 41-year-old Robert Abraham II on charges of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, 4th offense DWI, and aggravated flight from officers.

The whole incident began early this morning when Bossier City police tried to stop Abraham after receiving citizen complaints that a pickup truck was running red lights on Barksdale Blvd.  Police caught up with him at Barksdale Blvd and Golden Meadows Drive but they say he refused to stop and led them on a chase up Barksdale Blvd and onto Benton Road.  Along the way and out of the city limits, they say Abraham continued to run red lights and even tried to run pursuing officers off the road.

As they approached Vanceville Rd, police say Abraham intentionally rear-ended a patrol car after the officer drove past him to block the intersection so that other motorists would be kept out of his way.  The collision caused the officer to spin out.  At that point, police say Abraham rammed the officer's car again.  Then, they say, he lost control of his pickup truck and run off Benton Rd.  They say he struck a gas meter, which caused a major gas leak that had to be shut off by a crew from Centerpoint Energy.  His pickup then continued on until it ran into a brick house at the corner of Vanceville Rd. and Benton Rd.

Abraham was immediately taken into custody and booked into the Bossier City Jail.  The officer who was driving the patrol car that he rammed was not seriously hurt and did not require hospital treatment