HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) – A Haughton man is facing serious charges today. He's accused of trying to kill two police officers in a desperate attempt to escape arrest.
Bossier Parish Sheriff Lt. Ed Baswell says a deputy spotted 23 year-old Jarvis Dontreal Jones driving a stolen, silver Ford Expedition around 4:00 Sunday afternoon, heading east on I-20, before getting off at Exit 33 in Haughton and heading down Highway 157.
"The minute he saw those lights activated and heard that siren, off he went," Baswell explains. Soon, a Haughton police officer joined the chase, but Baswell says it's clear from the cruiser's dashcam video that Jones showed no sign of slowing down.
"He's going down Highway 157 southbound on the shoulder of the road in speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour, so he could very easily have killed a civilian. So, the peace officers were trying to get him shut down as fast as they could."
The dashcam video from the Haughton Police Department cruiser shows Jones cut through a parking lot at the intersection of Highway 157 and Highway 614, before losing control and spinning into a ditch.
But instead of stopping, Jones can be seen pulling out of the ditch and sideswiping the deputy's cruiser, before ramming the Haughton officer's cruiser.
"He used his vehicle as a lethal weapon. He took dead aim. He hit the Bossier sheriff's deputy vehicle, and then he went head-on intentionally into a Haughton Police Department car."
Baswell says Jones jumped out of the stolen vehicle and fled on foot for approximately 20-30 yards before being taken into custody. Now, he's facing serious charges.
"Very serious. We're VERY lucky that neither one of those law enforcement officers got hurt. They easily could have been killed."
Deputies believe Jones did not want to be caught, because he's been in jail before. "He didn't like being in jail and he did not want to go back to jail. but what usually happens is, when you run, you always end up going back to jail, and that's where he is and that's where he should be."
Jones' father apparently agrees. He showed up Monday morning to survey the damage he says his son caused, and told KSLA News 12, "He's in a better place." He also added that he had not seen his son in two weeks.
Jarvis Jones is being held at the Bossier Parish Maximum Security facility, charged with two counts of attempted homicide of a police officer.
"The consequences are more severe," Baswell explains. "The legislature has always tried to protect peace officers whenever they can and this is one of the ways they do it."
Jones also faces two counts of aggravated flight, resistance by flight, illegal possession of stolen things, no driver's license and two counts of aggravated property damage. The Louisiana State Police are also investigating the crash that resulted from the chase, and more charges could be filed.