Four-wheeler leads cops on wild chase at LSUE

A Crowley man is in jail after allegedly leading police on an off-road chase through the LSU at Eunice campus Thursday night.

Eunice Police have charged Kirk Joseph Abshire, 41, of 1014 Schule St. in Crowley, with aggravated flight from an officer, two counts of disobeying a stop sign, resisting an officer and operating an off-road vehicle on public streets.

An officer on patrol observed the 4-wheeler as it came off Ned Street and turned westbound onto Sittig Road.

Off-road vehicles are prohibited from being driven on Eunice city streets.

When the officer activated his overhead lights, Abshire allegedly accelerated, cutting across the St. Thomas More parking lot and turning northbound on LSUE Drive.

The pursuing officer reportedly caught up with the 4-wheeler on College Road where it died out, but the driver was able to get it restarted and turned around south on LSUE Drive.

The pursuing officer chased the 4-wheeler onto the LSUE campus as other officers arrived to assist.

Abshire allegedly drove down campus drive and behind the science building, driving through a group of people leaving the Friends of the LeDoux Library lecture at a high rate of speed.

Abshire then allegedly drove through the LSUE parking lot and back onto LSUE drive.

As officers attempted to cut the suspect off, Abshire allegedly attempted to turn back towards the campus, but lost control of the 4-wheeler and flipped it into a stopped police unit.

The suspect was thrown from the 4-wheeler but not injured.

Minor damage was caused to both the 4-wheeler and the police unit.

Police report that the suspect attempted to flee, but was apprehended by police.

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