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Child found in back seat of car after police chase ended with I-10 crash near LaPlace

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LAPLACE, La. (WGNO)— A Killona man has been arrested after detectives said he led deputies on a high-speed chase with a young child in the backseat. The St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office said Davon Tyrell Dallon, 24, was arrested and faces charges of aggravated flight from an officer and cruelty to a minor.

The SJSO reports that it all started around 4:30 p.m. Monday when deputies learned that a fugitive from Jefferson Parish was driving in the area west of LaPlace near the intersection of Louisana 3188 and US 61. When they tried to making a traffic stop, deputies say the driver, revealed to be Dallon, refused to stop and headed north on LA 3188.

According to detectives, the pursuit snaked through several streets of the Belle Terre housing estate. When the deputies attempted to deploy spike strips, Dallon continued to head north toward I-10, hitting two officers inside their patrol units in the process.

The car chase ended when Dallon entered I-10 and lost control of the vehicle near mile marker 203.9, crashing into another vehicle and then into a concrete guardrail. However, SJSO says the chase continued as the suspect jumped out of the car and into the swamp below. After a search and rescue team was dispatched, Dallon was taken into custody.

When deputies searched Dallon’s vehicle, they found a 4-year-old boy lying on the rear floor. The relationship between the suspect and the child was unclear, however, detectives say the boy was not injured in the crash.

Five people were taken to hospital following the chase: the two officers and three people involved in the I-10 crash. All five were treated and released.

Dallon was incarcerated at the St. John’s Parish Correction Center for the following charges:

  • Officer’s aggravated flight (felony)
  • Cruelty to minors with force/violence (crime)
  • Two counts of attempted second degree murder
  • child abandonment

The suspect was also wanted on a fugitive warrant from Jefferson Parish. Deputies say he is being held in lieu of $550,000 bond.