Theft suspect using tiny getaway car busted
BATON ROUGE - A serial burglary suspect was booked into jail overnight after a pursuit into Livingston Parish, the sheriff's office said.
Donald Shirey, Jr., is charged with theft, entering after being forbidden, flight from an officer, damage to property and various drug and traffic offenses after running from East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies Tuesday evening. Detectives said in addition to the charges for crimes committed in the parish, Shirey is also a fugitive from Baton Rouge Police and had warrants for other burglaries and thefts.
Shirey was apprehended after a wild run from the law, deputies said. Investigators accuse Shirey of stealing a television from the Walmart on Sullivan Road and ramming his vehicle into an armed robbery and burglary detective's cruiser as he made his escape from the parking lot. Shirey managed to run from pursuing law enforcement for about five miles until he was stopped on Highway 16 in Livingston Parish.
Shirey told authorities he threw a bag of heroin out the window during the chase after he injected some of the drugs into his body.
Shirey, 30, is also the suspect in a brazen burglary from Friendly Yamaha in May. Security video captured a man, believed to be Shirey, stealing a dirt bike from the back of a pick up truck. Cameras recorded the bizarre theft, which showed the suspect putting the motorcycle into the back of a small, hatchback vehicle. The vehicle in the Yamaha theft was identical to the vehicle stopped at the end of the chase Tuesday.
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