A suspected drunk driver is behind bars in a Bossier Parish maximum security facility, accused of ramming a police car during a pursuit that ended with the man crashing into a house and taking out a gas meter in the process early Sunday morning.
Police say an officer attempted to stop 41-year-old Robert Joseph Abraham II of Shreveport on Barksdale Boulevard near Golden Meadows Drive as he was heading northbound just after 1 a.m. after receiving a complaint from a citizen about a pickup truck matching the description of Abraham's vehicle running red lights on Barksdale Blvd.
Abraham refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit, continuing north on Barksdale, then north on Benton Road and out of the city limits while running multiple red lights and allegedly attempting to run pursuing officers off the road.
Police say as Abraham approached Vanceville Road, he intentionally rear ended an officer in a patrol car who had driven past Abraham in an effort to block the upcoming intersection to keep motorists out of Abraham's way due to his risk to the public.
"He rammed this police officer, the officer spun out, the suspect hit the officer again, and then he lost control, causing himself to run off the road, take out a gas meter and subsequently run into a house" at the corner of Vanceville Road and Benton Road, says Bossier City Police Department spokesman Mark Natale.
Abraham was taken into custody there and booked into the Bossier City Jail, charged with of attempted first degree murder of a police officer, DWI 4th offense and aggravated flight from officers.
Natale says the officer whose patrol car was rammed by Abraham was not seriously injured and did not require emergency medical care.
The impact with the gas meter caused a major leak, according to Natale. Bossier Parish fire personnel responded to the scene and remained there until crews with Centerpoint Energy stopped the gas leak.
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