New details emerge about wild police chase through 2 parishes

New details emerge about wild police chase through 2 parishes

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New details emerged Wednesday about the suspect in a two-parish police chase and shootout that ended near Avondale.

For 15 miles, Mandeville and Causeway police tried to stop a truck driven by 41-year-old Kenner resident Chris Garcie before Jefferson Parish deputies joined in.

The incident began in Lacombe where police said Garcie kidnapped a woman he met online on Police say at some point Garcie posed as a police officer, and said he was arresting the woman for prostitution.  Police say he then blindfolded and bound the victim with zip ties and duct tape and and started heading toward the Causeway.

Before he got on the bridge, police said the woman managed to escape Garcie's truck. She headed to to a grocery store near the East Causeway approach and called police. That's where the chase began.

"Our dispatchers informed our officers. One thought he saw him at the nine-mile marker," said Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou.

Causeway Police chased Darcie's pick-up truck, which was pulling a utility trailer, at speeds up to  70 mph but had no time to use spike strips to flatten the truck tires.

"This all happened so quickly, no one was able to put any of them out," Dufrechou said.

Once they reached the south shore, Jefferson Parish deputies took up the chase, which brought them across the Huey P. Long Bridge. Sheriff's officials said deputies exchanged gunfire with Garcie several times along the route.

They eventually wound up  on Highway 90 in Avondale, where Garcie ran his truck into a ditch. There, another shootout and a standoff began, during which Garcie again fired at officers and then sustained three non-life-threatening gunshots to his side and back. After about two hours, he surrendered to police

"He walked to the officers, first having thrown his weapon out of the truck, walked to the officers, we were able to successfully handcuff him," said Sheriff Newell Normand.

Deputies said Garcie's mother came to the scene and may have helped bring the incident to an end.

One JPSO deputy sustained a graze wound to the hand.

Garcie has been booked with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated flight. He faces additional charges in St. Tammany Parish. His bond is set at over $1 million.

Garcie has previous arrests for forcible rape, aggravated assault, simple battery and violation of a protective order.

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