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Livonia Manhunt

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 6:08pm

The driver of a suspected “rolling meth lab” escaped after a struggle with authorities in Pointe Coupee Parish and then an all-out manhunt began overnight. It took nine hours and an all-out effort by the Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Department, Livonia Police, and the Angola Prison’s chase dog team to finally track him down.

Authorities say they began pursuit of 35-year-old James Tullos at 11 last night. The dogs traced his scent from a residence through miles of woods, fields, and even two bayous. At 8 this morning the hounds led the search crew to an abandoned rental home where a very bruised and battered Tullos was found hiding under a bed.

Bradley Joffrion, Livonia Chief of Police, says “Kind of fell behind but never stopped. The officers pursed him till he was apprehended.” Tullos was originally pulled over for not having a light on his license plate but now faces a number of charges. Two other people were in the vehicle with Tullos. They are also behind bars.