Michael Wayne Navarre, 39, has been charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, first offense driving while intoxicated, reckless operation, resisting arrest, aggravated flight, driving under suspension, open container in a vehicle, no seat belt and possession of illegal items.
The chase began about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night when West Monroe police began chasing a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse, which had been reported stolen earlier in the day from a residence in the 500 block of Gulpha Street, on Thomas Road.
The driver of the vehicle, Michael Wayne Navarre, 39, of Lafayette, sped onto eastbound Interstate 20 toward Rayville. State police laid out spike strips at Millhaven Road, flattening the left rear tire. The driver continued running, reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour as deputies from the Ouachita and Richland parish sheriff’s departments joined the chase. Another set of spike strips at flattened another tire at mile marker 145. Navarre then cut across the median into the westbound lane, went into a ditch and came back into oncoming traffic, striking a West Monroe squad car. He crashed at about milepost 146 at about 11 p.m.
He was then arrested and booked into the Richland Parish Detention Center without bond.