Shortly after 2:00 pm on March 26, 2019, a Trooper observed a 2013 Subaru Outback traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed (93mph in a 65mph zone) on I-10 east of LA Hwy 1248 (Bluebonnet Blvd.) in East Baton Rouge Parish. The Trooper initiated a traffic stop, but the driver, 20-year-old Elias Smallsreed of Zachary, refused to stop and continued traveling eastbound on I-10 towards Ascension Parish.
After entering Ascension Parish, Smallsreed exited onto LA Hwy 30 and reentered the interstate traveling westbound on I-10. As the pursuit continued, Smallsreed approached heavy traffic congestion on I-10 at Dalrymple Drive and struck several vehicles before becoming disabled. Due to Smallsreed refusing to exit the vehicle, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office canine was deployed. After the canine deployment, Smallsreed was taken into custody. Smallsreed was transported to the Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton Rouge to be treated for minor injuries.
Once medically cleared, Troopers will book him into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for violating: Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property (12 counts/ 2nd Offense), Driving Under Suspension for a Previous DWI, Reckless Operation, Hit and Run Driving (12 counts), Resisting an Officer, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Speeding, and No Insurance.
This case remains under investigation.