CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Police arrested a man accused of stealing more than $3,000 dollars and leading officers on a high speed chase through eastern New Orleans.
Investigators say Westlee Osborne, 29, was hiding in a swimming pool when he was arrested Sunday around 8:30 p.m.
New Orleans police said Osborne entered a Chevron station at 5:20 a.m. and asked the clerk for cigarettes. When the clerk turned around, Osborne pointed a black handgun and robbed the business of about $1,500.
Around 8 p.m., Osborne entered a convenience store in Chalmette and flashed a gun at the cashier. The cashier refused to give him any money and even took a swipe for Osborne's gun. Osborne ran out of the store empty-handed to flee in his car. The clerk followed him out with a staple gun and used it to crack the rear window.
Osborne headed north on Paris Road into New Orleans with a Louisiana State Police trooper and St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputies in pursuit.
He led officer on several streets at high speeds before reaching New Orleans. He ended up driving the wrong way down Chef Menteur Highway when he crashed into another vehicle, injuring two people.
Deputies said Osborne got out of the car and fled, ultimately trying to hide in the swimming pool of a motel. Officers were able to take him into custody. Osborne was treated at a hospital for injuries he received during the crash.
More than $3,000 in cash was recovered from his abandoned car at the end of the chase. All three law enforcement agencies involved in the pursuit took part in Osborne's arrest.
He faces an attempted armed robbery charge in Chalmette and an armed robbery charge in New Orleans. He is being held in Orleans Parish Prison in lieu of a $195,000 bond.