A Melrose, LA woman ended up in the Red River Parish Jail last Wednesday after leading law enforcement on a chase through Coushatta and up US 71. No one was injured although the suspect is reported to have driven in excess of 80 miles per hour.
Coushatta Police Chief Kevin Stafford said the incident began in the MaxWay parking lot in Coushatta. It is believed the suspect and others came to Coushatta from Natchitoches Parish where the disagreement started.
Chief Stafford said his officers reported a stolen vehicle from Natchitoches parish was on their watch list. Someone called the sheriff’s office about a commotion in the MaxWay parking lot. Coushatta PD Officer Babers took the initial call and called for back-up from the Chief.
Stafford said, “The suspect almost hit my car when the chase began. The vehicle ran onto Ringgold Avenue then up US 71 at speeds of up to 75 and 80 miles an hour.” Stafford said units from the Sheriff’s Office joined in the chase and they radioed ahead to Bossier and Bienville Parishes that the suspect may be headed their way.
“It all ended up at Loggy Bayou,” said Stafford. He added, “The driver tried to turn onto LA 4 headed towards Ringgold but the car went into the grassy area where it was stopped.”
The weekly arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Kelsey Danay Weems of Melrose, LA. She is charged with 2 counts of aggravated second degree battery, reckless operation, illegal possession of stolen things, 2 counts of aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and a fugitive warrant from Grant Parish.