Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said Tuesday that a Vernon Parish couple involved in a Monday morning vehicle pursuit and then a manhunt that lasted most of the day had been officially charged with multiple crimes.
William Power, 36, and Hanna Power, 31, both of Leesville, are each charged with evading arrest or detention, and their bonds have been set at $5,000.00 each. However, Newman says that more charges are coming in connection with the alleged theft of a golf cart from a residence while they were on the run.
Newman says more charges might be coming out of Louisiana as well. He said that the back of the suspects’ vehicle was filled with copper which was believed to have been stolen near Fort Polk. Newman said investigators from the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department were coming to Jasper to interview the couple about that potential crime.
The series of events began at about 10:00 Monday morning when Precinct 2 Constable Niles Nichols said he noticed a suspicious vehicle the two were traveling in on Highway 96 just north of Jasper. Officers said that when Nichols tried to pull the vehicle over the driver fled at a high speed, beginning a chase that lasted until the couple abandoned the vehicle on County Road 82, commonly known as River Ridge Road near Highway 63.
The couple fled on foot and managed to elude capture until about 6:00 Monday evening when they were spotted by a sheriff's deputy and taken into custody.