Critically injured state trooper 'surrounded by family' at Hammond hospital
HAMMOND - A Louisiana state trooper remains in critical condition days after he was struck by another police officer during a pursuit.
State police say Trooper George Baker is still hospitalized at North Oaks Hospital as of Friday morning. LSP said Baker is "surrounded by his family, fellow Troopers, and attentive hospital staff."
This morning, Trooper Baker remains in critical condition at North Oaks Medical Center. He is surrounded by his family, fellow Troopers, and attentive hospital staff. Please continue to keep Trooper Baker, his family, and our entire department in your thoughts and prayers.— LA State Police (@LAStatePolice) May 22, 2020
A state police spokesperson said Friday evening that the agency had been "correcting misinformation all day" regarding Baker's condition.
Baker was struck by a Hammond Police unit while assisting city officers with a chase near Wardline Road and I-55. Baker was reportedly removing a spike strip from the roadway when a pursuing officer's vehicle struck him and another trooper.
The other trooper who was injured has since been released from the hospital. State police said Baker was still being kept at North Oaks and asked the public to contribute to a blood drive for the trooper on Wednesday afternoon.
Both suspects in the chase that left Baker injured were arrested by Thursday evening. Taylor Cox, 26, was arrested just hours after the pursuit, and the alleged driver, 18-year-old Nathan Anding, was booked Thursday.
Anding is facing a slew of charges related to the chase, including negligent injuring.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Baton Rouge residents watch historic SpaceX launch
Mom and pop shops buzzing with business after shutdown
Watch: Historic space launch Saturday
Two fleeing drivers take troopers on separate, wild police chases overnight (2)
Two fleeing drivers take troopers on separate, wild police chases overnight