Nacogdoches Police arrest man after short chase

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police say they arrested a Louisiana man after a short chase in which the officer fired two rounds in his car tire. Police say they later found suspected cocaine in his car.

According to the report, the officer was conducting a traffic stop with Louis French Jr., 37, of Monroe, La. While Sgt. Keith Finchum attempted to talk to him from the passenger's side, French drove away. The officer then fired two rounds into a front tire.

French turned right on West Austin Street, then ran out of his car. Police apprehended him in the woods near the street.

The report states police found 600 grams of suspected cocaine.

French is charged with possession of a controlled substance, assault of a public servant and evading arrest.

"Any type thing like that is always a volatile situation, not only to the officers, but to the public as well," said police spokesman Greg Sowell.

Police used the computerized "Total Station" to conduct forensic mapping.

"It makes it more precise. Makes it more proficient. And with a drawing program we have, you can actually draw the scene out on the computer," said Finchum.

All the sophisticated information will not only help in the investigation of the crime itself, but should it reach the courtroom, it will certainly help prosecutors.

"It helps set the scene for them and gives them a picture in their mind of what really happened," District Attorney Nicole LoStracco said.

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