Slidell Police: Printer theft leads to high-speed chase
Jay Vise Reporting
Slidell police say an off-duty officer used “spike strips” following a high-speed chase to catch a couple fleeing the scene of the theft of an ink-jet printer.
A Slidell Police Department spokesman says a loss prevention employee at Wal-Mart on Natchez Drive contacted them after spotting 48-year-old Clint Coslett (above, right) and his 32-year-old wife, Prilla Coslett, (above, left,) stealing a $37 computer printer.
Officials say when the husband (above, right) saw the responding officer arrive, Coslett put the 2006 Chevy Silverado in gear and fled, nearly striking the officer who was approaching the vehicle on foot.
According to investigators, the couple led Slidell cops on a high-speed chase across the city, “while throwing suspected methamphetamine and marijuana out of the vehicle.”
An off-duty officer on Shorcut Highway heard the pursuit over his police radio and pulled over in case the chase came his way, deploying his spike strips. Police say the suspects’ vehicle came to a stop after running over the tire-deflation devices, and the couple was arrested.
Officials say police were able to recover the suspected drugs thrown from the vehicle in the chase.
Prilla Coslett (above, left) is charged with aggravated flight from an officer, resisting by flight, theft of goods under $500, and obstruction of justice. Clint Coslett (above, right) faces the same charges, as well as possession of marijuana and aggravated assault on a police officer by use of a vehicle.