Motorcycle leads high-speed chase

  • Taunton

A 23-year-old El Dorado, Ark., man is being held in the Union Parish Detention Center on 14 charges and bail totaling $102,500 after leading sheriff ’s deputies on a high speed chase on a Yamaha motorcycle.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said the motorcycle rider, identified as Dakota James Taunton of 199 Retirement Lane, reached speeds in excess mph on 33 before crashing Frazier

A depeling on noticed of an on-motor-not have on and he on his of 100 La. Hwy finally on Hicks Road.

uty trav-Hwy. 33 the rider coming cycle did a helmet turned emergency lights to stop him but he did not stop. The deputy turned around and pursued the purple motorcycle. The rider then slowed as if he was going to stop but then accelerated rapidly.

Two other deputies joined in on the pursuit and the three reported the motorcycle weaving in and out of traffic and traveling through curves in the wrong lane.

Gates said deputies reported that Taunton then turned onto Hicks Frazier Road and continued at speeds of 90 mph. The lead deputy reported that the motorcycle slid through two sharp curves and the rider was able to maintain control. Finally, in the 1800 block of the road, the rider lost control and crashed into the ditch.

The lead deputy then held the suspect at gunpoint until the other two deputies arrived. When they attempted to handcuff him, Gates said he fought with them until finally restrained across the hood of a patrol unit.

Gates said Taunton was not seriously injured in the Friday (Feb.

7) afternoon incident. In fact, he refused any medical treatment.

Third Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Hampton set Taunton’s bail on the 14 charges. Taunton faces five felonies including three counts of resisting officers with violence, a count of aggravated flight from an officer and a count of aggravated obstruction of a highway of commerce.

The other nine counts included driving under suspension; speeding; reckless operation; three counts of improper lane usage; no safety helmet; no motorcycle endorsement; and no vehicle insurance.