SUNDAY MORNING CHASE LANDS
FLEEING MAN IN JAIL
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Officer Patrol Deputy Jay Dupre was sitting stationary in his patrol vehicle and running radar on Section Line Road near Franklinton High School after midnight the morning of Sunday, March 25, when a vehicle passed him traveling at 70 miles per hour on the 35 mile per hour stretch of road. Deputy Dupre attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to yield.
The driver ran the stop sign at the intersection of Section Line Road and Highway 10, heading east on Highway 10. With lights flashing and his siren activated, Deputy Dupre pursued the fleeing driver at a high rate of speed until the driver lost control, spun 180 degrees and landed in the opposite ditch.
As Deputy Dupre exited the patrol vehicle, the driver also exited his vehicle and attempted to flee. Deputy Dupre was able to subdue the driver at which time Lt. Terry Harris arrived on the scene and assisted in placing the driver in handcuffs. While conducting a lawful search of the driver and his vehicle, the deputies discovered marijuana, ecstasy pills and digital scales which are used to weigh drugs. A .380 pistol was discovered where the driver either dropped or tossed it as he exited the vehicle.
The handcuffed driver was placed in the rear seat of Deputy Dupre’s patrol vehicle, at which time the driver manipulated the handcuffs from the rear to the front of his body and attempted to escape from the vehicle. Lt. Harris and Sgt. Jimmy Seals, who had arrived at the scene, were able to prevent the driver’s attempted escape and secure him back in the vehicle.
The driver, Harry Pharmasteen Scott, 21, a resident of 1015 Union Avenue in Bogalusa, was transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with eleven offenses:
speeding 31-40 miles per hour above the speed limit
- running a stop sign
- aggravated flight from an officer
- resisting an officer
- possession with intent to distribute schedule one drugs
- possession of drug paraphernalia
- possession of schedule one drugs
- attempted escape
- no driver’s license
- convicted felon in possession of a firearm
- possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present
Scott’s bond was set by a court magistrate at $125,000. He remains in the Washington Parish Jail.
Scott has one previous stay in the Washington Parish Jail. He was arrested in October 2014 and spent two days in jail before posting a $25,000 bond for his release. He was charged with accessory after the fact to a felony.
“When anyone flees a deputy in a manner as Mr. Scott did, it is obvious he was not on his way to church for a Sunday morning men’s breakfast,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “In such situations, deputies have no idea who is fleeing or whether they are wanted for a previous crime or a fugitive from another jurisdiction. There is no way to tell how many persons are in the vehicle or whether or not a weapon is present. Our officers are always at risk when making night-time stops and I commend Deputy Dupre, Lt. Harris and Sgt. Seals for professionally managing this situation and relocating Mr. Scott to the parish jail. Great job, men!”