Posted: Jul 7, 2014 12:12 PM by Russell Jones, Gabriela Chauvin
Updated: Jul 7, 2014 12:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - A 30-year-old man sparked a police chase across Baton Rouge and into Baker Saturday while his son was in the passenger's seat, according to Baton Rouge Police.
Police said they tried to stop Gad Black while he was driving carelessly and playing loud music in the 600 block of Florida Boulevard Saturday night. Black fled, and police said he started dancing wildly inside his car while flipping off pursuing officers and a police helicopter above the car.
Black drove several blocks into oncoming traffic while intentionally hitting other vehicles and trying to hit police units to escape them, according to pursuing officers. Officers said they used spike strips to stop his car in the 5700 block of Thomas Road in Baker, and Black got out but refused to do what police told him to do. The officers sent in a K9 unit to subdue Black while they arrested him, and said Black punched one officer in the face during the struggle.
Police said Black's son was found in the passenger's seat, visibly shaken and scared.
Officers booked Black into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on a long list of charges related to the chase, including DWI and cruelty to a juvenile. Investigators believe Black may have been under the influence of narcotics.