Shortly before 10:00 a.m. on December 9, 2018 Red River Communications received a call concerning a hit and run crash. The caller reported that as she was traveling south on U.S. Hwy 71 near Ware Youth Center, a black Tahoe quickly approached her from the rear and struck her vehicle. The Tahoe failed to stop and continued to travel south on U.S. Hwy 71 toward Coushatta.
As the suspect approached the north intersection of town near Burger King, a responding Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy observed the vehicle and activated his overhead lights and siren. Following a brief pursuit, the driver pulled over on Ringgold Avenue and was given verbal commands to exit the vehicle. As two deputies approached the Tahoe, the driver ignored commands and sped away, crossing the railroad tracks as a train approached.
After safely maneuvering the railroad crossing, one unit followed the Tahoe as other responding units were blocked by the train. The Tahoe quickly turned onto Front Street and soon came to a stop near St. John’s Baptist Church across from the Red River Parish Council on Aging. The deputy positioned his unit behind the Tahoe to block its exit to prevent any further pursuit.
The driver remained in the vehicle as instructed and complied with verbal commands while the deputy waited for additional units to arrive. After a responding Coushatta Police Officer arrived on scene, the driver complied with instructions to exit the vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident.
A subsequent search of the vehicle was performed as additional units arrived to assist. The search yielded drug paraphernalia, suspected marijuana and a loaded handgun, which were all collected as evidence.
Joshua Leriche, W/M, age 41 of the 200 block of Long Horn Dr., Bossier City, LA was booked into the Red River Parish Jail on the following charges: Possession of Marijuana (second offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Hit & Run Driving, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Careless Operation, Resisting an Officer, and Flight from an Officer.
His bond was set at $8,000 and he remains incarcerated in the Red River Parish Jail.
Press Release from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office