Chalmette man booked with attempted murder, flight from an officer

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said a Chalmette man was arrested and marijuana, narcotics and a large amount of cash was seized, along with a loaded magazine clip, after he took deputies on a high speed pursuit through Arabi and Chalmette.

Tyrin Wiltz, 22, who resides in the 3500 block of Laplace Street in Chalmette, was booked with two counts of attempted first degree murder and aggravated flight from an officer after he struck with his vehicle a patrol car driven by a deputy involved in the pursuit, and attempted to strike a second patrol car during the incident, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Wiltz also was booked with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, two counts of possession of schedule four Alprazolam, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A Taurus .45 caliber handgun magazine clip, containing seven .45 caliber rounds, and $3,736 in cash, also were recovered.

On Saturday, May 6, at 2:46 a.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a call of a man sleeping in a vehicle while stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of West Judge Perez Drive and Rowley Boulevard in Arabi.

When deputies arrived on the scene and attempted to wake the man, later identified as Wiltz, he fled from deputies in his car, heading west on Judge Perez Drive, fleeing through neighboring Arabi subdivisions and into Chalmette.

While deputies were in pursuit, Wiltz was traveling at a high rate of speed down neighborhood streets, driving through traffic cones, and disregarding stop signs and traffic signals at Paris Road in Chalmette. Wiltz struck one of the patrol units in pursuit near the intersection of Evangeline Drive and Patricia Street in Chalmette, causing damage to the left side of the unit.

Sheriff Pohlmann said Wiltz lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree in the 1200 block of East Genie Street in Chalmette where he tried to flee on foot, but was apprehended by deputies.

Wiltz is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of $150,000 bond.