KENNER, LA (WVUE) - An early-morning high-speed chase ended with a suspect in a series of car burglaries shot and charged with attempted murder.
The incident began around 3:30 a.m. Friday when a Jefferson Parish deputy spotted a vehicle in the 6000 block of West Esplanade Avenue suspected in a number of car burglaries in Kenner and Metairie.
Deputies chased the driver of the silver Toyota Tundra westbound on West Esplanade into Kenner.
The driver is identified as Melissa Belanger, 40, of the 7300 block of Beau Street in New Orleans.
The deputy was able to maneuver in front of the truck in an attempt to end the chase. Belanger then rammed her truck into the side of the police cruiser.
The officer was able to get out of his cruiser after it was hit and fired four shots, hitting Belanger in both wrists.
Belanger drove another two blocks down West Esplanade before stopping. She got out of the truck screaming she had been shot.
Belanger was taken to University Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
During the chase, Belanger was seen throwing something out the window. JPSO investigators are searching for that evidence.
Belanger will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer.
Normand believes Belanger, originally from New Hampshire, committed the burglaries to support her drug habit. He said they expect her to be in the hospital for a few more days, and plan to book her with the charges when she gets out,