Woman, juvenile apprehended after high-speed pursuit through EBR, Livingston Parishes
CENTRAL - Several agencies were involved in a multi-parish chase spanning East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes late Tuesday morning.
The pursuit unfolded shortly before 11 a.m. in Walker after police tried to make a traffic stop. According to the Walker Police Department, the female driver, later identified as Misty Wainwright, took off as the officers approached her vehicle.
Captain John Sharp says the woman hopped on the interstate and led officers on a lengthy pursuit into East Baton Rouge, reaching speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour along the way. Just as police were about to call off the pursuit, the suspect tried to strike two police motorcycles, prompting Walker PD to continue the chase.
The vehicle, a silver Infiniti, was soon abandoned outside Trade Construction in Central, prompting a search for the suspect. Police say Wainwright and a juvenile male passenger were found a short distance from where the car was found. Police believe the juvenile is just a friend of the Wainwright family and hopped in the car with her to travel to a near by store.
Both were taken into custody. Wainwright is facing numerous charges including reckless operation of a vehicle, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer, speeding, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Her bond is set at $161,527.
The juvenile has not been identified and authorities say Wainwright can face 2 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer using a motor vehicle.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police and BRPD assisted in the chase.