Steven Myers held for extradition in Lafayette
LAFAYETTE - The Florida man arrested last week in Lafayette for stabbing himself and a missing teen is being held for extradition to Hillsborough County in Florida.
Steven Myers made an appearance in court in Lafayette on Tuesday, and now faces attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property charges in the Louisiana city.
The teen, 16-year-old Ashley Lyon, left her home in the Tampa Bay area with Myers on June 11.
Myers and Lyon were spotted by a cashier at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete near Baton Rouge, and a nearly 40 mile high speed chase on I-10 followed until troopers were able to stop Myers' truck with a spike strip in Lafayette.
The truck, reported as being stolen in Florida, hit four cars during the pursuit, and the chase ended with sparks and fire flying from underneath the truck as Myers continued to drive on shredded tires.
Investigators said Myers stabbed Lyon and himself as the chase drew to its conclusion.
In addition to the new charges in Lafayette, Myers will faces charges of attempted sexual activity with minors, traveling to meet a minor, and interfering with child custody upon his extradition to Florida.
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