On February 5, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s deputy was driving eastbound on Highway 10 between Franklinton and Bogalusa when he encountered a westbound pickup truck traveling at 80 miles per hour.
The deputy turned around and pursued the vehicle which increased speed to ninety-one miles per hour.
The vehicle was being driven in a reckless manner, passing on a hill and forcing a vehicle off of the roadway.
The driver slowed down, turned north on Choctaw Road, then accelerated to 80 miles per hour in the 30 mile per hour zone, forcing another vehicle to leave the roadway.
A second deputy responded further north on Choctaw Road and deployed a spike strip across the roadway. The driver of the pickup crossed the spike strip, flattening the two front tires.
Deputies eventually took the driver into custody.
They discovered an open can of beer in the vehicle plus a case of beer with several beers missing.
Arrested was 22 YO Matthew Zeke Galloway, a resident of Highway 424. Galloway stated he had consumed at least twelve beers and smoked marijuana.
He was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked numerous charges.
The magistrate judge set Galloway’s bond at $40,000.