Posted: Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:31PM
Cops: Parking lot rage leads to chase, charges
Kenner cops say a man struck an officer with this SUV's mirror and led police on a chase.
"A Metairie man has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes concerning an incident that occurred in a Wal-Mart parking lot," Sergeant Brian McGregor said in a news release. "The incident began Wednesday about 2:49 p.m., in a Wal-Mart parking lot, located at 8912 Veterans Boulevard, in Kenner, when Bloecher continually sounded his vehicle horn at a vehicle that was waiting for a parking spot."
McGregor says after repeatedly honking, the suspect started driving through the lot at a high rate of speed.
"Bloecher became angry and sped around the waiting vehicle in a reckless manner, which was observed by a police officer working a detail at the location," the sergeant said. "The officer who was in full police uniform approached Bloecher who was driving a 2004 Ford Expedition."
He says instead of stopping, the driver tried to get away and then drove toward the officer.
"Bloecher struck the officer with the driver side mirror of the Ford Expedition. Bloecher then sped through the parking lot to make good his escape causing other pedestrians to have to maneuver out the front of his speeding vehicle," according to McGregor. "A short time later, the Kenner Police Department, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, and Louisiana State Police were able to catch up to Bloecher at Transcontinental & Veterans Boulevard."
The sergeant says the driver then started discarding drugs.
"The chase ended after Bloecher crashed into an unmarked Task Force vehicle in the 3400 block of Transcontinental in Metairie, where Bloecher was taken into custody. Bloecher, who has felony convictions for marijuana possession multiple offenses, was found to have thrown several baggies of marijuana from the vehicle while attempting to evade officers."
Charges include aggravated assault upon a police officer, aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal possession of marijuana (3rd offense), reckless operation of a motor vehicle, illegal window tint, expired brake tag and license plate.