Car thief takes deputies on high speed chase after being spotted trying to ditch vehicle in lake

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 10:52am

A man was arrested after he was allegedly trying to push a stolen vehicle into Lake Charles from a boat launch. When he was spotted by deputies patrolling the area, he allegedly jumped back in the vehicle and started a chase.

On June 11 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Dennis Pippin was patrolling the Fitzenreiter Road boat launch in Lake Charles and observed a man, later identified as Anthony J. Ross, 31, of Lake Charles, attempting to push a truck into the water from the boat ramp.

After running the license plate number of the truck through NCIC, Cpl. Pippin discovered the truck had been reported stolen. When the Cpl. Pippin approached Ross, he jumped into the stolen truck and fled eastbound on Fitzenreiter Road.

Moments later, after losing control of the truck and running it off the road, Ross abandoned the truck and fled on foot. Following a brief foot pursuit, Ross was apprehended by Cpl. Pippin without incident.

Ross was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of stolen property over $1,500 (vehicle); aggravated flight from an officer; and resisting an officer by flight.

The stolen truck was recovered and returned to the owner.

Judge Wilford Carter set Ross’ bond at $4,000.


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