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Man shoved from SUV leads to Airline Hwy high-speed chase

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago June 17, 2015 Jun 17, 2015 Wednesday, June 17 2015 June 17, 2015 1:49 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy, Kristen Althouse

BATON ROUGE - Police responding to a reports of a man pushed out of an SUV ended up in a high-speed chase on Airline Highway late Tuesday night.

Ver Crawford, 29, was arrested and booked on charged of aggravated flight from an officer, second degree aggravated battery and battery of emergency room personnel following the chase.

Police suspect Crawford was the one behind the wheel when the man was pushed from the vehicle.

They identified the SUV driving south bound on Airline Highway, Crawford then tried to flee at high speed. Police said he swerved between several vehicles, running them off the road in his bid to avoid capture.

Baton Rouge Police deployed spike strips, causing the Crawford to lose control of the SUV and hit a center guard rail. Police say Crawford then exited the vehicle and ignored commands to get on the ground or show his hands.

Police used a Taser on Crawford when he tried to get back into the vehicle. After a struggle on the ground, officers placed him under arrest.

Police reports indicate the victim that was pushed out of the SUV was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for medical attention. He suffered a broken right hand and a broken right ankle when he was pushed from the vehicle.

Crawford was also transported to OLOL, where he refused to rest in a hospital bed and grabbed a nurse's thumb, bending it backwards.

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