The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after he fled in a stolen vehicle from deputies attempting to make a stop for a traffic violation in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec.13, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Woodrow Reed III, 55, of the 3300 block of Delambert in Chalmette, was booked with aggravated flight from an officer, three counts of aggravated criminal damage, resisting an officer, possession of stolen property, driving with a suspended driver’s license, improper display of license plate, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was booked on an outstanding traffic warrant out of the New Orleans Police Department.
Around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies with the Field Operations Bureau Patrol Division attempted to make a traffic stop for an unreadable temporary tag on a black 2017 Ford F-150 near West Urquhart Street in Chalmette.
The driver, later determined to be Reed, refused to stop and led deputies on a pursuit, speeding through a residential neighborhood. As he was fleeing from deputies, Reed rammed two patrol units causing moderate damage to both, the Sheriff said.
In an attempt to end the pursuit, deputies deployed spike strips, disabling the suspect’s vehicle, which came to a stop in a vacant lot near the corner of Delambert Drive and East Genie Street in Chalmette.
Reed fled on foot but was quickly apprehended by deputies. Reed was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, where he was treated and released for booking, Sheriff Pohlmann said.
A criminal history check was conducted on Reed which showed he was wanted on a traffic warrant out of New Orleans.
The vehicle driven by Reed was also determined to be listed by the New Orleans Police Department as stolen.