ATV crashes into cruiser, suspect eludes police

Published 12:10 am Saturday, August 19, 2017

RESERVE — A local man who crashed into a police cruiser, flipped over the handlebars and briefly escaped arrest is behind bars this week after eventually turning himself in, authorities said.

The case began at approximately 12:45 a.m. August 10, according to the St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff’s Office, when deputies observed a male, later identified as 35-year-old Christopher Trosclair, driving a three-wheel all-terrain vehicle without headlights at a high rate of speed on Northwest Fourth Street in Reserve.

“As deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the intersection of Northwest Fourth Street and Garden Street, Trosclair slowed the vehicle,” a Sheriff’s Office release said. “When deputies exited the unit to approach Trosclair, he sped up, attempted to go around the police unit, disregarded a stop sign at the intersection and eventually crashed into the front driver’s side door of the police unit.”

Police said Trosclair flipped over the handlebars of the vehicle, landed on his feet and fled towards Annex Street. Deputies canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

A judicial warrant was obtained for Trosclair’s arrest Aug. 11.

Trosclair turned himself in Monday and was booked with aggravated flight from an officer, off road vehicle, hit and run and reckless operation.

The Reserve resident is being held in custody in lieu of a $4,750 bond.