Ex-con tried to run over cops while evading capture, police say
Kyle Barnett - Dec 13, 2012
A St. Rose man was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder after police say he tried to run over deputies to evade capture.
Jamie. R. Roberston, 32, of 10 Jasmine Lane in St. Rose, was arrested and charged with aggravated flight from officers, two counts of distribution of heroin, aggravated criminal damage to property and cruelty to a juvenile. Additionally, he was booked with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange said Roberston was wanted on warrants for two counts of heroin distribution when he was spotted at a gas station on River Road in St. Rose.
"We got information that he was at that particular location and that was when we went to take him into custody," LaGrange said.
As deputies approached, Robertson is accused of hitting a gas pump while fleeing in his car and almost striking two deputies.
"The perpetrator attempted to run over the two officers in the process of the arrest," LaGrange said.
Robertson had an adolescent in his car as he led the Sheriff’s Office on a pursuit through St. Rose onto Airline Highway and into Kenner. St. Charles deputies received assistance from the Kenner Police Department during the pursuit.
While he was being chased, Robertson reportedly struck Sheriffs’ Office vehicles several times. However, it was not until he returned to St. Charles Parish that he was eventually stopped and arrested.
LaGrange said the pursuit lasted for several minutes.
"He was pretty evasive," LaGrange said. "We were determined to take him off the streets. We are just glad no one was seriously injured in this pursuit, particularly the adolescent."
Robertson has been arrested for multiple felonies in the past including three counts of looting and, more recently, an attempted murder charge for a shooting in St. Rose that was dropped in July.
"He’s not your typical law abiding citizen," LaGrange said.
LaGrange said had Robertson not fled the scene, he would likely be looking at only the felony counts for heroin distribution.
"Since he decided to be brave and brazen and use any way necessary to escape, additional charges were added for his actions," LaGrange said. "In today’s changing society we see things that we see on TV sometimes occurring in your neighborhood, but it’s a part of life. As police officers we hate to see these things happen, but we try to protect the public to the best of our ability."
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