POSSIBLE STOLEN 4-WHEELER CRASHES
On July 30, the operator of a possible stolen 4-wheeler led a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Lieutenant on a chase before being apprehended after he crashed the 4-wheeler on Sol Hart Road in rural Washington Parish north of Franklinton.
The Lieutenant encountered the 4-wheeler being driven on Highway 430 and began the pursuit. The driver failed to yield and turned west on Jamieson Creek Road and then south on Sol Hart Road. While traveling at an excessive speed on Sol Hart Road, the 4-wheeler almost collided with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction before crashing when the operator failed to negotiate a curve on the gravel road. He was not injured and was quickly apprehended.
Christian Martinique Gordon, 18, a resident of Emma Hart Road, and the operator of the 4-wheeler, was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with operating an off-road vehicle on a public highway, aggravated flight from an officer, no driver’s license and no license plate. He was released from jail the same day after posting a $10,000 bond.
It is suspected that the 4-wheeler had been stolen, since a portion of the vehicle identification number had been destroyed. Likely, that is why Gordon fled. The 4-wheeler is identified as a Red Honda Rancher 420. If any person can identify the 4-wheeler as their stolen property, they are asked to contact Detective Captain Tom Anderson at (985) 839-3434, extension 2059.
“Louisiana law is specific that off-road vehicles may not be operated on a public road except under very specific farm-related circumstances,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “The danger to the operator is obvious. I am so pleased that our Lieutenant was able to apprehend the operator and recover this likely stolen vehicle.”