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ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La. (WGNO) — A New Orleans man is in the custody of Louisiana State Police after a two-parish police chase that ended in St. John the Baptist Parish.

On Monday, Aug. 14, troopers tried to pull over 20-year-old Parker Pierce for allegedly driving recklessly on Interstate 10 in St. James Parish. Troopers say Pierce didn’t stop and a chase began.

The chase continued into St. John Parish where troopers alerted the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office. Around 3:30 p.m., deputies responded and spiked the vehicle’s tires as it crossed the parish line.

The vehicle came to a stop on I-10 near the Belle Terre exit, but they said Pierce remained in the vehicle, despite requests for him to get out. SWAT and crisis negotiators were called, and after 15 minutes, he peacefully surrendered.

Pierce was arrested and charged with reckless operation of a vehicle, and resisting an officer by flight. It was later discovered he was wanted on a fugitive warrant in St. James Parish.

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