Naked Baker man arrested after slow morning pursuit
BATON ROUGE – A Baker man was arrested Sunday morning after deputies say he got out of his SUV naked and later led them on a slow pursuit through a Baton Rouge neighborhood.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person call at the Formosa Chemical Plant on Gulf States Utility Road around 8 a.m. Sunday. The caller told EBRSO that a naked man was seen driving in and out of the plant and screaming at workers.
At the scene, deputies say they saw the plant’s safety coordinator pursuing a Chevrolet Tahoe that was fleeing on Scenic Highway.
Deputies tried to stop the Tahoe, but the driver did not yield and continued through a nearby neighborhood at a top speed of 20 mph, stopping at every stop sign except one. The Tahoe was eventually boxed in near the 5300 block of Douglas Ave.
Deputies say the driver, 38-year-old Charles Cooper, was the only occupant in the SUV and was not wearing pants or underwear. EBRSO deputies placed him under arrest.
The Formosa safety coordinator said Cooper pulled into the plant and got out of the SUV naked. Cooper was yelling for someone to help him because someone was in his car. Workers said they did not see anyone in or around his Tahoe.
Cooper told investigators that he was trying to have sex with a woman in his car when she tried to get into his pants. Cooper said he had to take his pants off to stop her, according to EBRSO.
Cooper told deputies that he did not hear the lights or sirens and denied running a stop sign. He also said that the woman was someone he met on the internet, but he was adamant he was not paying for sex.
EMS was called to the scene to evaluate Cooper but said he did not need medical attention.
Deputies charged Cooper with one felony count of obscenity, flight from an officer, and failing to stop at a stop sign. He was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.