Sheriff Newell Normand reports that at approximately 7:27pm, our deputies were dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 100 block of Jefferson Highway. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle, which refused to stop. Deputies pursued the vehicle. Near the intersection of River Road and Barry, one of the responding deputies collided with a Chevrolet Equinox driven by a female from Jefferson. The patrol vehicle left the roadway following the collision, then struck a utility pole. The deputy involved suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. The other driver was uninjured.
There are currently a number of residences without power as a result of the damage to the utility pole. Entergy is on scene and attempting to restore service at this time.
Deputies were unable to find the stolen vehicle following the crash.
Lieutenant Jason Rivarde
Public Information Officer