Brian Yates, 37, of Daleville, Ala. was observed by a trooper Monday following another vehicle too close on I-10 eastbound.
He pulled over at a gas station on La. 347 but sped away when asked to exit his Acura Legend by troopers.
Yates drove back onto I-10 eastbound and troopers pursued onto the Atchafalaya Bridge, through St. Martin Parish and Iberville Parish. As he exited the Basin Bridge troopers were assisted by the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and State Police Troop A.
After entering West Baton Rouge Parish, troopers were joined by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. As a trooper pulled ahead of Yates in an attempt to stop him, Yates allegedly steered toward the trooper attempting to hit his unit.
When Yates approached milepost 151, the LA Highway 415 overpass, he allegedly tried to pass a 2007 International box truck on the left shoulder.
The front of Yates’ vehicle struck the rear of the truck. After the crash, Yates exited the vehicle and tried unsuccessfully to run from troopers.
The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. Yates, who was also suspected of being under the influence of narcotics, sustained minor injuries and was transported by Acadian Ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.
He is charged in St. Martin with following too close, speeding, careless operation, resisting an officer, aggravated flight from an officer, improper lane use, no seatbelt, DWI, aggravated assault, failure to signal and possession of crack cocaine.