“I have never seen anybody run that hard to get away from the police in 20 years time…”
A Plaquemine man accused of leading West Baton Rouge Parish authorities on a high speed chase is in critical condition after being run over by a WBR Parish Sheriff’s Office unit, according to the Brusly Police Department.
Herman Junior Lovelady, 47, was pulled over by Brusly Police for minor traffic offenses and fled the scene after officers found he was driving under suspension and had an outstanding warrant in Rapides Parish.
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Lovelady was initially nervous and jumpy, but seemed to calm down after talking with the officer, Brusly Police Chief Jonathan Lefeaux said. When the officer returned to the unit to call in the outstanding warrant, Lovelady got into his white Mustang and fled.
Lovelady led the Brusly Police Department, Addis Police Department and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office on a chase, reaching speeds of 120 mph Lefeaux said.
“I have never seen anybody run that hard to get away from the police in 20 years time,” Lefeaux said.
Authorities were able to box Lovelady in, forcing him to change directions on LA 1 South multiple times. There was always a deputy or officer ahead of him, which is why authorities did not call off the chase Lefeaux said.
“I was actually in front of him at one point and he tried to run us off the road,” Lefeaux said.
Lovelady then turned down Elizabeth Lane, a dead-end road with mobile homes along it.
“He was going 35 to 40 mph and he just dives out of the drivers door,” Lefeaux said.
Lovelady got caught under the hood of the WBRSO Dodge Charger directly behind him, which was unable to stop. Lovelady’s vehicle continued to travel at approximately 40 mph. The vehicle hit one mobile home, bounced off and traveled an 1/8th of a mile before hitting another trailer and coming to a stop.
Authorities were able to lift the vehicle using lumber to free Lovelady from under the vehicle and prevent further injury Lefeaux said. Lovelady was unconscious at the time, but came to and remembered his name shortly afterwards.
“He had severe injuries, but he was responsive,” Lefeaux said.
Lovelady will face charges of aggravated flight and reckless operation of a vehicle. Further charges for side swiping an officer and trying to run multiple authorities off of the road are under investigation Lefeaux said.
Lovelady has a criminal history with many arrests for fraud and writing worthless checks Lefeaux said. His outstanding warrant in Rapides Parish is for fraud.