Man arrested after crash, foot chase

Published 9:03 am Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Bogalusa man was arrested Saturday, after he crashed his vehicle into a greenhouse and then led officers on a chase on foot, according to Maj. Percy Knight of the Bogalusa Police Department.

Knight, the public information officer for the BPD, said that on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 2:02 a.m., officers observed a vehicle stopped at a four-way stop sign at the intersection of West 7th Street and Avenue F.

Because it was in a well-lit area, officers were able to observe that the driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Officers got behind the vehicle and noticed that the vehicle’s license plate was expired, Knight said.

Officers attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle but the vehicle failed to stop, reaching a high rate of speed, and a pursuit began.

Knight said the vehicle turned onto South Border Drive, where it lost control and struck a chain link fence and a greenhouse on the property of Bogalusa High School. The driver then exited the vehicle and fled on foot, while the passenger stayed in the vehicle, Knight said. After a foot pursuit with officers, the driver was captured in a wooded area near Bogalusa High School.

Knight said that the driver was Efrem Williams, 49, of Bogalusa. Williams was placed under arrest and booked on the charges of no seat belt, expired license plate, improper lane usage, speeding, no insurance, reckless operation of a vehicle, two counts of resisting an officer, flight from an officer, criminal damage to property, a Bogalusa City Court attachment and a fugitive from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department.