Two die in crash during police chase
GONZALES - Two men died in a crash after attempting to evade police after a traffic stop around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on US 61 south of LA 621, according to Louisiana State Police Tpr. Russell Graham.
Graham says a 1998 Dodge Stratus was pulled over by Gonzales Police officers for a traffic violation and then began to speed away. The driver, 24-year-old Joshua Davis of Westwego, La., attempted to elude officers in pursuit.
The car ran off the road to the left. Davis then overcorrected to the right, and the car returned to the roadway rotating clockwise, according to Graham.
The car then ran off the road into a ditch and struck a culvert, vaulting the car into the air. The vehicle flipped twice before hitting a large sign post in front of the Ascension Baptist Church. No one in the car was wearing a seatbelt during the crash, according to Graham.
Davis and the rear passenger, 40-year-old Lerone Ursin of Convent, La., were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office.
The front seat passenger, Quanmaine Scott, 17, of Prairieville, fled the scene on foot after sustaining non-life threatening injuries. Scott was taken into custody shortly after the crash.
Troopers have submitted a sample of Davis' blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.
Troopers investigated the crash at the request of the Gonzales Police Department. Gonzales Police are investigating the initial traffic stop and the pursuit.