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BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police surrounded a house near the intersection of Kenny Court and Lambert Drive, looking for a person who refused to pull over for them during a traffic stop a few blocks away Wednesday evening.

Police tried to stop Nathaniel Jelks III at the intersection of Greenwell Springs and North Ardenwood, but say he refused to stop. Authorities chased the suspect to his family members' house.

Police said Jelks left the blue car he was driving in the middle of Lambert Drive with the keys in the ignition and the driver's side door open then ran through an open garage door at the home. The homeowner said she didn't know it at time, but the man was her nephew.

"My heart was beating so fast, and my daughter was about to cry," she said.

She said she heard a door slam and looked outside to find police, with guns drawn.

Neighbors watched as the scene unfolded in their front yards. Police surrounded the home for about 30 minutes before they went in. Three women, including the suspect's aunt, exited the home with their hands up. A few minutes later, Jelks followed, escorted by police.

Police could not immediately say why they were attempting to stop the person in the vehicle that started the ordeal.

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