Apr 082014
 
Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A stolen truck that led New Orleans police on chase around the Milan neighborhood on Monday and damaged two NOPD vehicles may have been involved in a shooting in the Irish Channel a week earlier, authorities said.

Officers with the NOPD Sixth District recognized the truck as stolen around 4 p.m. at the intersection of South Claiborne and Toledano and tried to stop it, but the driver refused to pull over and fled into the neighborhood, authorities said.

An officer inspects damage to a police SUV on Clara Street following the pursuit. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An officer inspects damage to a police SUV on Clara Street following the pursuit. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

One man sitting on an Amelia Street porch said he saw the truck racing down the street Monday afternoon, and assumed it was some reckless teens. Then he heard sirens, saw the truck return down Amelia again and noticed the damage to it, and was perplexed as to why someone fleeing police would take the same route twice.

“You trying to get away and you just drive a square?” the man said as police took photographs of one of their damaged vehicles nearby.

Two officers were involved in separate crashes during the pursuit, said NOPD spokesman Frank Robertson III, and they were taken to the hospital to have minor injuries examined as a precaution.

Ultimately, the driver was apprehended, Robertson said. He may have discarded a gun during the pursuit, and a weapon was recovered afterward, Robertson said.

The truck matches the description, police said, of a Toyota Tundra stolen March 26, used March 28 in a hit-and-run crash in Broadmoor, abandoned by its driver and passenger, stolen again before police arrived, and seen near the scene of a shooting in the Irish Channel on March 29.

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