Teen charged with trying to run over police

(Photo Credit: CPSO)
(Photo Credit: CPSO)

SULPHUR, La. (KLFY) At 9:30 Saturday night the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a black GMC pick-up truck driving erratically near the area of Coach Williams Drive and Old Spanish Trail in Sulphur.

Minutes later deputies located the truck and attempted to stop the driver, later identified as 17 year old Derrick Randle of LaPlace, for a traffic violation.

Authorities say Randle initially refused to stop the vehicle, leading deputies on a pursuit for several miles.

Once Randle stopped the truck he ignored commands from deputies and quickly put the truck in reverse and backed up, hitting a patrol car that was occupied by two deputies.

Authorities say he then drove the truck forward hitting a concrete barrier and again reversed quickly and intentionally swerved toward deputies, who were standing outside of their patrol car, nearly missing the deputies.

The deputies drew their guns and fired at the truck, striking it several times, in an effort to end the threat but Randle was able to flee the scene unharmed.

After fleeing Randle crashed the truck into a ditch near the 700 block of West Burton Street in Sulphur, and fled on foot.

Detectives located Randle Sunday afternoon still in the same clothes from the previous day.

They learned that he had allegedly stolen a truck from an apartment complex in Sulphur sometime before the incident.

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted first degree murder.

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