Routine traffic stop leads to high speed chase on I-20 through Bienville, Claiborne and Lincoln

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(12/19/18) What started as a “routine” traffic stop yesterday afternoon on I-20 turned into a high speed chase with speeds reaching in excess of 100 mph through Bienville, Claiborne and Lincoln parishes.

At approximately 5:00 pm Bienville SO Sgt. Scott Phillips was monitoring traffic westbound on I-20 at mile post 66.5 when he clocked a white Nissan Altima traveling at 82 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Upon stopping the vehicle at mile post 65.5 he made contact with the female driver who produced a Tennessee driver’s license.

After examining the license and observing the driver it became obvious to Sgt. Phillips that the driver, who was later identified as Vifran Carter age 46 of Natchez, Ms, was not the owner of the driver’s license.

When confronted with the false information she then produced a Louisiana driver’s license which again was obviously not the driver of the vehicle.

Sgt. Phillips attempted to arrest Ms. Carter at which time she jumped into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Deputy Phillips and Lt. Rob McGill pursued the vehicle to the Gibsland-Athens exit where they exited north on La.154 traveling through Athens on La.518 to La.146 proceeding into Lincoln Parish and then turning north on La.822.

Deputies lost sight of the vehicle momentarily at which time Lincoln SO deputies advised that the vehicle had pulled behind a residence on La.822.

Lincoln SO deputies later arrested Ms. Carter for attempting to enter a neighbor’s home in the vicinity where she abandoned the car.

A male passenger in the vehicle was located in the ditch at the intersection of La.146 and La.822. He sustained a compound leg fracture after jumping from the vehicle as it turned north on La.822.

The passenger was found to be in possession of a purse which contained numerous identification and credit cards from individuals in Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas. Other items in the purse included checks, debit cards, social security cards and an assortment of gift cards.

The Nissan Altima,which was determined to be a rental, was transported to Bienville SO where a search warrant was obtained to search for possible stolen items.

Ms.Carter was lodged in Lincoln Parish Detention on a charge of attempted home invasion while arrest warrants have been issued in Bienville Parish for speeding, no driver’s license, resisting an officer, resisting by false information and aggravated flight from an officer.

No charges have been filed on the passenger as he is recovering from surgery at NLMC in Ruston.

Investigators are contacting authorities on the I-20 corridor for possible crimes associated with the identification and credit cards.

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