2 arrested in connection to police chase in Hammond that left 2 troopers injured

2 arrested in connection to police chase in Hammond that left 2 troopers injured
The Hammond Police Department has arrested Taylor Cox, 26 years old of Hammond, with charges related to the pursuit. (Source: WVUE Fox 8)

HAMMOND, La. (WVUE) - The Hammond Police Department has arrested two individuals in connection with a police chase that left two state troopers injured, one critically.

Nathan Anding, 18, of Holden, was arrested on Thursday, May 21 on charges of obstruction of justice, hit and run, negligent injury, driving without a license, switched license plates, domestic abuse battery, aggravated obstruction of a highway, aggravated criminal damage to property, resisting an officer, and possession with the intent to distribute schedule I drugs. Police have also charged Anding with manslaughter.

Taylor Cox, 26, of Hammond, was arrested on Wednesday, May 20.

Taylor Cox, 26, has been arrested in connected with a police chase that ended in a crash, putting two LSP troopers in the hospital.
Taylor Cox, 26, has been arrested in connected with a police chase that ended in a crash, putting two LSP troopers in the hospital. (Source: City of Hammond)
Nathan Anding, 18, arrested in connection with a police chase that ended in a crash, putting two LSP troopers in the hospital.
Nathan Anding, 18, arrested in connection with a police chase that ended in a crash, putting two LSP troopers in the hospital. (Source: City of Hammond)

A Louisiana State Trooper, identified as George Baker, is in critical condition after being struck by a car while he was assisting in a vehicle pursuit, according to a spokesman for LSP.

A second trooper suffered minor injuries and has already been released from the hospital.

Around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday (May 20), troopers from State Police Troop L were called to assist the Hammond Police Department with a vehicle pursuit that started within the city limits of Hammond.

As the pursuit continued on Wardline Road west of I-55, troopers deployed a tire deflation device to disable the suspect’s vehicle near the intersection with Kate Street.

After successfully disabling the suspect tires, troopers were attempting to retrieve the device from the road when they were struck by a Hammond Police unit involved in the pursuit.

Both injured troopers were transported to North Oaks Medical Center by Acadian Ambulance. One trooper has been treated and released with minor injuries. The second trooper remains in critical condition at this time.

After the tires were disabled, the suspect vehicle crashed on Wardline Road at its intersection with Crapanzano Road. Those inside the car fled the scene in an unknown direction.

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