Two men flee from traffic stops in separate incidents
LAPLACE—St. John Parish has recently experienced incidents of subjects fleeing on foot from officers during traffic stops.
On Tuesday July 7, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted Louisiana State Police in a search for a male subject, identified as John Henry Bartholomew, who fled on foot from a traffic stop that morning on I-10. This led to heavy police presence in the area of the Palmetto and Summerlin subdivisions in LaPlace.
The search was called off in the afternoon due to inclement weather. In a statement released later that day, investigators said they believe the suspect fled the area. Bartholomew is still at large. He was last seen on the canal bank near the 100 block of Nicole Drive, off of U.S. 51. Anyone seeing this subject is asked to immediately call 911.
On Wednesday, July 8, Geremy Lipps, 22, of Dallas, Texas was arrested after he fled from officers during a traffic stop in the 700 block of Belle Terre Boulevard in LaPlace. At about 3:30 a.m., officers were patrolling the Belle Terre area where they observed a 2007 Infiniti traveling northbound, swerving from the right lane to the shoulder of the roadway. When officers initiated a traffic stop, the driver, identified as Lipps, stopped, abandoned the vehicle, and fled on foot towards St. Andrew’s Boulevard and then Greenwood and Newport drives. A search began immediately in the Riverlands neighborhood. Lipps was captured in the 1700 block of Frisco Drive.
He has been charged with two counts resisting an officer by flight (misd) and illegal possession of stolen things (felony).
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