NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man apologized to deputies after he led them on a high speed chase through St. Tammany Parish early Friday morning, saying he didn't think they would catch him.
Shortly after Midnight on Friday, St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies spotted a stolen vehicle headed northbound on Hwy. 41. The license plate was reported stolen from Washington Parish and the white GMC Sierra pickup truck was stolen from Ouachita Parish, according to investigators.
The driver, Douglas Dillard, pulled the truck onto the shoulder of the highway and appeared to be following the deputy's requests. As the officer exited his patrol car, Dillard sped off, heading down Hwy. 41 with speeds in excess of 95 miles per hour, investigators said.
The pickup truck pulled in the parking lot of the Hickory Grocery onto Coci Road, where Dillard exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. The truck coasted into a tree.
The deputy chased Dillard on foot for approximately 75 yards before he stopped and surrendered.
"I'm sorry, I didn't think you could catch me," Dillard said.
He was then taken into custody. Inside the stolen vehicle, deputies located a weeedeater, fishing equipment, sports cards and prescriptions, which were also stolen.
He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:
- 14:69 Illegal Possession of Stolen Things (2 counts)
- 14:99 Reckless Operation of Motor Vehicle
- 14:98 Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated
- 32:415 Driving Under Suspension
- 14:108 Resisting an Officer
- 14:108.1C Aggravated Flight from an Officer
- 14:62 Simple Burglary
- 40:967C Possession of Schedule II CDS