No one was injured Friday after two soldiers stationed at Fort Polk allegedly led state police on a high-speed chase along La. 8 and La. 28.
Nathaniel Sanders, 20, of Fort Polk, was charged with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, no driver's license on person, and speeding (159/65). Carlton Jamison, 23, of Honolulu, Hi., was charged with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and speeding (142/65).
A trooper with the LSP was on patrol at approximately 12:40 p.m. Friday when he observed two motorcycles speeding eastbound on La. 8. The trooper's radar, when activated, registered a speed of 62 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. The trooper attempted to stop the motorcycles, but both immediately accelerated to over 120 mph. After pursuing the motorcycles for several miles, one driver turned onto La. 184, and the other continued east on La. 8.
Prior to turning onto La. 184, the trooper's radar indicated a speed of 142 mph in a 65 mph zone on Jamison's motorcycle. The trooper then pursued Sanders, who eventually turned west onto La. 28 West, reaching a confirmed speed of 159 mph in a 65 mph zone.
State police say that upon realizing the bicycles were heading to Fort Polk, he notified officials at the base, who in turn closed their entrance gates. Sanders eventually turned onto La. 469 and stopped at the gates of Fort Polk, where he was arrested by the pursuing trooper.
During the pursuit, the trooper and members of Troop E were in contact with other local law enforcement agencies. Jamison was eventually stopped by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office on La. 184 at a different set of entrance gates to Fort Polk, where he was arrested by another trooper and later positively identified by the pursuing trooper.
Both men are military soldiers stationed at Fort Polk. Both have been booked into the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.