Oct 272011
 

Officers take a suspect into custody after a police dog found him hiding. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man who led police in a chase across town in a stolen SUV on Thursday afternoon crashed into a tree on Bordeaux Street, ditched a pistol on Laurel Street and was found hiding in the block, police said.

The gold Lexus SUV was spotted shortly after noon by a police officer in New Orleans East at Chef Menteur Highway and Gawain Drive who recognized it as stolen from Jefferson Parish, said Sgt. Chris Billiot of the Second District persons-crimes division. The SUV would not pull over, and the officer pursued him onto the highway until losing him at Claiborne and Martin Luther King Boulevard in the Sixth District, Billiot said.

Shortly afterward, another officer saw the vehicle at Earhart and Broadway, and resumed the pursuit through the university area until the SUV crashed into a tree on Bordeaux Street just off Annunciation, Billiot said. The lone driver jumped out, and a number of neighborhood residents saw him toss a gun under a car parked in the 4700 block of Laurel Street as he ran, Billiot said.

The block bounded by Bordeaux, Laurel, Annunciation and Valence was closed to residents while police searched. (via Google Maps)

The residents showed police the direction he ran, and officers closed down the streets around the block where he was last seen, Billiot said. When police dogs arrived, he surrendered without incident, Billiot said. Police also found crack cocaine in the vehicle, Billiot said.

The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Darryl Johnson, who has a record of drug possession charges. He is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of cocaine, and a number of traffic charges that include flight from an officer.

Darryl Johnson (via opcso.org)

The crash and the gun on the street surprised residents of one of Uptown’s quietest neighborhoods, who all said they rarely see trouble on their streets. While the block was shut down for the search, they gathered on the sidewalks to watch. Keimyereia Jones, who lives near the spot where the gun was discarded, said she had left her house for an errand and returned to find the block surrouned by police.

“I went out for a second and when I came back, I couldn’t even get back in,” Jones said. “They said I might be held hostage. … I’m just glad they got him.”

The gold Lexus SUV crashed on Bordeaux. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Officers look between houses on Laurel Street for a suspect hiding after a police chase. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Officers arrest a suspect after a manhunt in Uptown New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A gun lies on the street underneath a car on Laurel Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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  • Bonnie Gauthier

    Thank you for being there Uptown Messenger. I live in the 800 block of Valence Street in between Magazine and Constance. Yes, I agree the neighborhood around that area is quiet, but not on Valence Street in between Laurel and Annunciation. Also I would like citizens who live in this area to be vigilant especially on Valence and Bordeaux near Magazine. There is a store next to Danny’s PoBoys that is a haven for the criminal element. There is a camera on a pole right across the street, but I doubt it works. In Danny’s parking lot on quite a few occasions patrons of Danny’s have witnessed crack deals going down in broad daylight right in front. This is unacceptable. I just want people to please be careful. I guess you can say I am a one woman neighborood watch. Thanks again Uptown Messenger. Love ya.

  • Darrell

    Sell crack cocaine, you might get away with it. Rob a few uptowners, you’ll probably get away with it. Steal a gold Lexus SUV from JP? They’ll find you.

    I had a beer with one of the JP officers involved with this last night. Apparently the dogs were… persuasive.

  • Andrew

    Most of the guys hanging by Danny’s are harmless. Just b/c they are young African Americans does not mean they are criminals

    There was a port a let on the corner of Magazine and Valence from the street construction which was becoming a problem. I called Pot O Gold a bunch of times but they didnt move it – until I contacted the police.

  • docdock

    More good tactical work from NOPD officers and K-9′s… Cheers to the watchful civilian neighbors…Bless them— all…