Accused car thief flips vehicle several times during high speed chase

Photo provided by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:02pm

An accused car thief not only survived after he flipped the vehicle he was driving several times, he allegedly got out of the car and started running.

The Scott Police Department reports that it all started on Monday, May 13 shortly after 2:00 a.m. We’re told an officer was stationed in a church parking lot when he observed a black Chevrolet HHR speeding. The vehicle was then seen running a stop sign.

The officer turned on his lights and attempted to pull the driver over for the traffic violations. It was at this point that the car sped off. The car reached 110 mph at some points during the chase.

Because the driver was so reckless, the officer slowed his patrol unit and pursued at a greater distance. At this point, the driver attempted to go the wrong way on a round-a-bout, and lost control of the vehicle.

The pursuing officer saw the vehicle become airborne over the center island and it landed on the opposite side. It then flipped several times and landed roof down on the east corner of the intersection.

As the officer approached the scene, the suspect reportedly opened the passenger door and got out of the car. He started running on foot.

The officer caught the suspect, Brandon Dixon, 20, and placed him under arrest.

Investigators learned that the vehicle Dixon crashed was reported stolen from New Iberia. Dixon was also driving without a license.

Dixon was charged with Stop Sign Violation, Aggravated Flight, Resisting an Officer by Flight, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and No Driver’s License. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

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