Recently we talked about a story where a police SUV was stolen by a handcuffed man and led police on a chase. Now that man has been found and arrested. The Herald Guide reported on the arrest.
The accused, Michael John, was captured in New Orleans on Tuesday according to St. Charles Parish police. Detectives were watching areas where they knew he liked to be in the past and found him. He was arrested and taken to jail. His charges include theft of a motor vehicle, theft, aggravated flight from an officer, and aggravated escape.
There is also an update on the crash that involved an officer during the police chase. Two bystanders were involved in the crash and taken to East Jefferson Hospital. They sustained minor injuries according to the police.
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The police were first tipped off after someone called about John possibly using heroin in his vehicle at a Pilot station. He sped off when he was confronted, crashed, then stole the police SUV he was in while handcuffed. The chase went through three parishes before they found the abandoned vehicle. His original vehicle is believed to be stolen.
We hope that the people injured in this incident have no lasting damage and are able to receive compensation from the state. Innocent bystanders should be able to get compensation if they are injured by the police.