Last week, police were called to a shooting scene at Felicity and O.C. Haley around 4 p.m. March 18, where gunfire was being exchanged between two dark-colored sedans, police said at the time. Witnesses also directed responding officers to a Lexus SUV on nearby Martin Luther King Boulevard, and when one officer got behind it, the SUV took off, leading numerous officers on a chase onto Interstate 10 and through the Carrollton area before escaping, police said.
This week, task force officers with the Uptown-based NOPD Second District spotted the same SUV in the drive-through of a Popeyes near Carrollton and Earhart, said NOPD Sixth District Sgt. Daniel Scanlan on Wednesday. This time, the Second District task force had the vehicle surrounded before it could escape again, Scanlan said.
“He thought about it, but the police were on him too fast,” said Sixth District Lt. Frank Young.
Only one man was in the Lexus when it was stopped, 26-year-old Gordon C. Scott, and Scanlan said he was identified by police as the passenger in the vehicle when it led them on the chase last week. Scott was arrested on a number of traffic offenses — driving with a suspended license, no registration or insurance, and no seatbelt — as well as a number of outstanding warrants from Jefferson Parish, court records show.
Police have not, however, been able to charge him in the chase, as he was the passenger that day, instead of the driver, Young said. Nor can they charge him in the original shooting, because it is still unclear to investigators what role the SUV played in it, Young said.
Scott remains in jail awaiting his court appearances, and the investigation into the shooting is continuing, police said.