High-speed chase results in 2 arrests

Published 10:06 am Friday, May 7, 2021

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Two people were arrested Thursday after a high-speed chase that reached at least 110 mph, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that a WPSO patrol sergeant was patrolling on Louisiana Highway 21 south of Bogalusa on Thursday, when his radar clocked a southbound vehicle traveling at 110 mph. After an approximate three-mile chase, the suspect vehicle stopped and the officer encountered two individuals, both of whom were arrested.

Haley said that the driver, Ashlynn Errin Oalman, 20, a resident of Wardline Road, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, after more than 173 grams of marijuana were found in her possession. In addition, she was charged with resisting arrest by flight and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

The passenger, John Ballard, was determined to have an outstanding warrant from the Bogalusa Police Department, Haley said. He was transported to the Bogalusa City Jail and turned over to personnel there for booking.

“Wow! 110 miles per hour! That in itself is a danger to the motoring public as well as to our officer,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Miss Oalman obviously has no regard for her own safety or for the safety of others and certainly did not have good intentions for the large quantity of marijuana. Good job, Sarge! I’m pleased the incident had a safe ending.”