Slidell, LA - A 19 year old, who police say was driving away from a drug deal with his 3 month old son in tow, allegedly rammed two police cars during a chase. It happened Thursday night in a Slidell neighborhood as an officer spotted a stolen Jeep Liberty that police had been trying to recover since earlier in the week.
The driver of the Jeep, identified by police as Jeovon Mitchell, jumped into the vehicle and tried to speed away, leading police on a chase that also involved officers from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. Slidell police say, in a desperate attempt to get away, Mitchell rammed two police cars, trapping himself between the two cars. As officers approached, Mitchell refused to give-up, placing the Jeep in reverse, and continuing to ram the officers.
The officers then jumped out of their police cars, reportedly fearing for their safety. With Mitchell's foot still on the accelerator and trying to get-away, officers were able to open the door of the Jeep and take Mitchell into custody. One officer received minor injuries during the incident.
It wasn't until Mitchell was apprehended that police realized that the teenager's infant son was in the backseat. The infant was unrestrained, but police say the baby received no physical injuries. Scattered throughout the vehicle were several small bags of marijuana, leading officers to believe that Mitchell was conducting a drug deal prior to the incident. The infant was turned over to the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services.
Mitchell has been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder of a police officer. He is also facing a number of other charges including possession of stolen property, resisting an officer with violence, improper child passenger restaurant, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and cruelty to a juvenile.
Mitchell is also facing additional charges from an incident a day earlier when the stolen Jeep was spotted in a shopping center parking lot. The off-duty officer called to report the location of the stolen Jeep. When officers arrived, the Jeep, which was reportedly being driven by Mitchell, fled the scene. Officers briefly gave chase, but say due to there being several innocent bystanders in the parking lot, backed off for safety reasons. That resulted in Mitchell being able to get away.
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