Man charged with stealing BRPD unit
PORT ALLEN - Police arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he overpowered a BRPD officer and stole his unit, then fled into West Baton Rouge Parish before he was stopped.
"It just goes to show how dangerous our job is," said BRPD spokesman Cpl. L'Jean McKneely. "You never know what you're going to be confronted with."
Officers charged 41-year-old Deandre Trahan with armed robbery and criminal property damage after he was caught at the end of a pursuit in Port Allen.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said around 11 p.m. officers received reports someone was walking around the 400 block of West Johnson Street with an axe trying to break into homes. McKneely said a 29-year-old officer made contact with Trahan while getting out of his unit, and Trahan overpowered the officer and stole his car.
BRPD, WBRSO and LSP officers pursued Trahan into West Baton Rouge Parish where the police car was disabled near LA 1 and Highway 190. The cruiser, a Chevy Impala, came to a rest in the median of the highway where Trahan was taken into custody.
McKneely said the officer Trahan overpowered was treated at the hospital for moderate injuries and released.