TPSO searching for suspect that led deputies on high-speed chase
HAMMOND, LA (FOX44) — The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Leroy Johnson, 26, of Hammond.
Johnson is wanted for simple assault, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting an officer, resisting by force, resisting arrest by flight, reckless operation of a vehicle, felony theft, and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Johnson has been at large since Dec. 16 when he reportedly made threats to cause bodily harm to a woman and to kill her.
Deputy Lindel Bridges spotted Johnson’s vehicle while patrolling near Rufas Bankston Road. Deputy Bridges initiated a traffic stop and attempted to take Johnson into custody.
Johnson forcefully resisted. Deputy Bridges fired two rounds of a pepper spray gun, striking Johnson in the face. Nevertheless, Johnson reentered his vehicle and sped off.
Bridges pursued Johnson at speeds up to 100mph, but eventually ended the high-speed chase for the safety of others.
Johnson’s vehicle was later found abandoned on Durbin Road.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Johnson is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800.554.524.