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Sheriff: Pair arrested after extended chase

What began as an attempted traffic stop on Sunday, Aug. 2, by officers with the Varnado Police Department turned into an extended vehicle chase involving officers from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Varnado Police Department and Walthall County, Miss., Sheriff’s Office. The chase began on Seal Road, then went to several other area roads before entering Walthall County, according to WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley.

Haley said that officers encountered several obstacles during the chase, including a laser beam being aimed at them, firearms, and a cooler discarded into the path of their vehicles. When the vehicle was finally stopped in Walthall County, responding officers discovered several illegal items in the vehicle, including drug paraphernalia, a pellet pistol, a pellet rifle and other miscellaneous items, Haley said.

Arrested by Walthall County officers were Scott Talmadge Jenkins, 27, a resident of Ricky Jenkins Road, and Brooke Lynn Naquin, 20, a resident of Curve Road in Folsom. Warrants were obtained by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the couple was brought to the Washington Parish Jail several days later.

Jenkins was booked into the jail on charges of aggravated assault on an officer, aggravated flight, resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses. He also has a detainer from Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. Naquin was booked on charges of aggravated battery, four counts of unlawful use of a laser on a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer, contempt of court and littering.

Jenkins is no stranger to the Washington Parish Jail, having been incarcerated six previous times since 2009. Previous criminal charges included domestic abuse strangulation, domestic abuse child endangerment, aggravated assault, resisting an officer with force or violence, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear in court and traffic offenses.

Naquin was in the Washington Parish Jail on two previous occasions in 2019. Her previous charges included possession of marijuana, criminal damage, obstruction of justice and traffic offenses.

Haley said that numerous officers were involved in the chase and capture, including Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Hickman, Sgt. Mike Thomas, Deputy Chad Cassard and Deputy John Tullos. Varnado Police Department officers Kelly Penton and Jeff Kelly, along with officers from the Walthall County Sheriff’s Office were also involved and instrumental in capturing the two fleeing subjects.

“This had the potential of being a very dangerous situation,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “All officers involved had no idea who was in the fleeing vehicle or what criminal activity they might have been pursuing. The laser itself has the potential of creating significant physical damage.

“My thanks to our fine officers, the fine Varnado officers and the fine deputies from Walthall County. We have a great working relationship with Walthall County Sheriff Kyle Breland and his staff, so fleeing into Mississippi is never a good option for criminals. (Jenkins) and Naquin are exactly where they deserve to be—in jail!”

Brooke Naquin