Man leads police on wild high-speed chase; officers, civilians injured

Man leads police on wild high-speed chase; officers, civilians injured

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Three officers and two civilians were injured Tuesday in a high-speed chase that started in St. John Parish and ended in a crash in Metairie. A suspect is in custody.

Cory Joseph Hebert, 33, faces charges in Jefferson Parish that include being a fugitive from St. John, aggravated assault, resisting arrest by flight and aggravated obstruction of a highway. He faces more charges in St. John, but the Sheriff's Office has not yet released that information.

The St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputies sustained injuries that are not life-threatening, according to St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre.

Officers said the incident began as a domestic disturbance call in St. John Parish. After assaulting a woman, Hebert called the 911 dispatch center and told operators that he was armed with a shotgun and would hurt any officer that came near him, Tregre said.

Responding officers found him in his vehicle on Airline Highway and chased him to Interstate-310 and then onto I-10.

During the chase, a SJPSO unit crashed into a Chevrolet Suburban at the intersection of Veterans Boulevard and Massachusetts in Metairie. The passenger of the Suburban, a 35-year-old Kenner woman, was thrown from the vehicle. She was taken to University Hospital where she underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition. The driver of the Suburban, a 28-year-old Metairie man, was also taken to University with minor injuries.

Hebert, who was driving a 2006 Chrysler 300, continued to lead JPSO officers, State Police, EJ Levee District Police and Harahan police on a high-speed chase, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's spokeman Col. John Fortunato. At one point, Hebert pointed a shotgun out of the window of his vehicle at a JPSO deputy, Fortunato said.

The chase ended with Hebert jumping from his vehicle and fleeing on foot to the back of a truck stop at 6005 Jefferson Highway. During the foot chase, Hebert discarded the shotgun, Fortunato said. Deputies later found the pump-action shotgun during a search of the area.

Hebert was taken into custody and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

Tregre said that Hebert had been involved in several domestic violence incidents, including a stabbing and attempted drowning. There was a restraining order against him.

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