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LCPD

TOTALLY HITS RADIO | LAKE CHARLES, LA. — On Sunday, April 26, 2015, at approximately 11:55 p.m., Lake Charles Police Officers were involved in a stolen vehicle pursuit that started at the intersection of Moeling Street and Prater Street. The stolen vehicle was a 2006 Ford Focus, driven by Catherine Moore. It had just been stolen from the 2400 block of 9th Street where the owner left the keys in the vehicle and the engine running as they entered the residence.

During the pursuit, Moore failed to stop at several stop signs, almost striking a marked police unit at the intersection of Medora and Pear Street. As the pursuit continued, the stolen vehicle turned south onto North Prater from Medora Street, losing control while making a wide turn in the opposing lane and striking a marked police unit. Following the accident, Moore climbed out the driver side window and began running. Corporal Benjamin Randolph, whose unit had just been struck head-on, exited his heavily damaged unit in an attempt to stop Moore. Officers utilized their tasers to stop Moore from continuing to flee.

Moore was arrested and transported to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for injuries she received during the accident. Officers also noted that Moore appeared to be intoxicated and blood was drawn for toxicology purposes. Following Moore’s release from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, she was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center for Auto Theft, Felony Flight from an Officer, DWI 1st Offense, No Driver’s License and Resisting Arrest.

Corporal Randolph’s unit sustained heavy damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Corporal Randolph was transported to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

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