Teen 'serious but stable' after high-speed chase
LAFAYETTE - A dramatic high-speed chase late Wednesday started near Baton Rouge and ended nearly 40 miles later with the arrest of a registered sex offender travelling with a 16-year-old girl who is now hospitalized for stab wounds, according to authorities.
Witnesses reported seeing Steven Myers, 41, and Ashley Lyon, 16, at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, and a pursuit began as law enforcement tried to stop the truck driven by Myers.
The truck was pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies by the time the chase neared Lafayette, where local police deployed spike strips in an attempt to disable the truck. Video shot by a witness shows the chase nearing its climax after Lafayette PD's spike strips successfully deflated five of the truck's six tires, and the vehicle coasted on its rims with sparks flying.
Police said the chase finally came to a stop on the I-10 overpass at North University Avenue in Lafayette after one of the truck's tires caught fire. Myers got out of the truck and charged at officers with a knife, but was taken down by K-9 units and an officer with a stun gun, according to Lafayette PD.
The teen was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for multiple stab wounds, and law enforcement reported her condition was upgraded to "serious but stable" as of late Thursday morning.
Myers was also taken to an area hospital to be treated for dog bites and multiple stab wounds and is in serious but stable condition.
Lafayette Police Department Detectives and other law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation and Myers will face multiple charges, including attempted murder, upon his release from the hospital.