Video: Escaped inmate's truck goes airborne during police pursuit

The pursuit reached speeds up to 115 miles per hour


By C1 Staff

WEBSTER PARISH, La. — A pursuit had a movie-like ending when the truck the suspect was driving went airborne and landed in a parking lot. 

KSLA reported that Kevonte Dekorey Austin, 18, escaped a work-release program and was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over for speeding Feb. 28. 

Police told the news station Austin slid into the driver’s seat and fled while a deputy spoke with the driver outside the truck. The truck was reported stolen.

“If you ask me he was doing 100 miles an hour,” Fire Chief Billy Rasberry told KTBS. “But when I saw him he was coming off the road, I bet he was coming off the road at 60, 65 miles an hour.”

Austin lost control of the vehicle when the tires hit spike strips deputies deployed to end the pursuit. He went airborne for about eight to 10 feet and landed on a vehicle in a nearby restaurant parking lot, KTBS reported.

Austin was detained shortly after he fled the accident scene.

No one was injured. 

According to KTBS, Austin allegedly stole an employee’s truck from the business where he was assigned work-release. It was not the same truck he crashed. 

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