Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said late Monday that the two people that led officers on a chase earlier in the day had been captured and were in custody.
According to Newman, the two suspects who are from Leesville were found and taken into custody shortly after 6:00 pm near the intersection of County Roads 82 and 87 not far from where they allegedly abandoned their vehicle earlier while being chased by officers.
Newman said the series of events began around 10:00 am when Jasper County Precinct 2 Constable Niles Nichols attempted to stop what was said to be a suspicious vehicle on Highway 96, north of Jasper, near Miller’s Grocery.
According to Newman, the vehicle which was only described as a white Hyundai failed to stop and instead took off at a high rate of speed. Newman said the vehicle which was being chased by Nichols and others traveled south on Highway 96, before turning west on Farm to Market Road 2800. Newman said as the chase continued officers lost site of the vehicle but found it a few minutes later wrecked out and abandoned on County Road 82, also known as River Ridge Road.
Newman said the female was taken to the Jasper County Jail where she was at last word still being held and the male suspect was taken to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital where he was at last word still undergoing treatment for the injuries he received in the incident.
Why the driver of the car ran is still unknown. However, Newman said he was apparently wanted on an outstanding warrant from Louisiana.
According to Newman, copper items were found in the back of the vehicle and he and others strongly suspect the copper was stolen. However, there has been no evidence to support that theory as the investigation into the incident continues.
The names of the suspects have not been released pending formal charges and arraignment.