Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on Tuesday pursued a carjacking suspect into New Orleans and captured him.
Agency spokesman Glen Boyd said the pursuit did not involve high speeds.
The Sheriff’s Office said 36-year-old David Thompson of Bridge City hopped into the car of a woman who was waiting for her husband to return from using an ATM inside a gasoline station in the 5700 block of Jefferson Highway, in Elmwood, about 7:20 a.m.
Although the woman struggled with Thompson to keep her purse, he drove off with both the bag and her Honda Civic, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies then spotted the stolen car near Terry Parkway and the West Bank Expressway, in Terrytown, about 10 a.m. At least one deputy in an unmarked Sheriff’s Office cruiser tried to stop the car, which was headed toward downtown New Orleans in the high-occupancy vehicle lane, but Thompson refused to stop.
The deputies tailed Thompson to South Claiborne Avenue and Earhart Boulevard and managed to stop him there.
Thompson was arrested and questioned at the Sheriff’s Office in Harvey, where he confessed to stealing the Honda, Boyd said. Boyd said that Thompson indicated he had taken the car to meet with his drug dealer.
Deputies booked him on counts of carjacking, purse snatching and possession of heroin.
Boyd stopped short of characterizing the incident as a chase, saying deputies did not need to resort to high speeds to keep up with Thompson until he surrendered.
Car chases are widely considered to be one of the most controversial tactics in policing because they pose dangers to those being chased, law enforcement personnel and bystanders.
New Orleans police are subject to strict limits and need supervisors’ permission for car chases, but the Jefferson Sheriff’s Office largely leaves it up to individual deputies to decide whether or not to…