Man leads Slidell Police on lunchtime chase

Jim Hanzo
April 22, 2019 - 4:51 pm

Slidell Police arrested a man who led police on a chase through the city, ending with the suspect crashing his vehicle and feeling on foot.

Around 11:40 a.m., a Slidell Police officer attempted a traffic stop on a man driving a green Honda Accord for a traffic violation. The man, identified as 21-year-old, Devin Cousin of Slidell, initially stopped on Pontchartrain Drive. When the officer asked Cousin to exit his vehicle, he refused and fled the scene. Cousin led officers on a chase throughout the city, ultimately ending at the intersection of Highway 11 and Brownswitch Road.

Cousin crashed his car into a white Grand Jeep Cherokee, disabling his vehicle. Cousin continued his attempt to evade officers by fleeing on foot. Cousin was caught a short time later and was taken into custody, without incident. Cousin was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries sustained during the crash. The driver of the white Grand Jeep Cherokee was also transported to a local hospital for moderate injuries. Throughout the chase, Cousin stuck two other vehicles, both of which sustained minor damage.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said, “The ending of today’s incident was a direct result of Mr. Cousin’s careless and selfish decision to evade our officers. He had complete disregard for the safety of others. Mr. Cousin could have possibly walked away with a citation, but instead, he now faces multiple serious felony charges.”

Cousin was booked into the Slidell City Jail with the following charges:

·         Aggravated Flight from an Officer

·         First Degree Vehicular Negligent Injury

·         3 counts of Hit and Run

·         Failure to Use a Turn Signal

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