A refusal to stop leads LSP to arrest Metairie man

Published 9:18 am Thursday, January 20, 2022

On January 19th, 2022, shortly after 11:00 p.m. Troopers assigned to Troop A encountered a 2011 Subaru Outback traveling east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 at the Bluff Road Overpass in Ascension Parish. Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle; however, the driver (33-year-old Steven O’Neill of Metairie) refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. After nearly striking several westbound vehicles head-on, Troopers attempted to conduct a rolling roadblock on the Subaru. As Troopers attempted to intervene, O’Neill struck a fully marked LSP patrol unit. After striking the Trooper, the Subaru traveled into the median and Troopers took O’Neill into custody.
Upon coming into contact with O’Neill Troopers observed obvious signs of impairment. Troopers arrested and transported O’Neill to a nearby facility where he provided a breath sample that tested over three times the legal limit for alcohol. After the breath test was administered, Troopers booked O’Neill into the Ascension Parish Jail for violating LRS 14:98.1 DWI, LRS 32:82 Driving on Divided Highways, LRS 14:99 Reckless Operation, LRS 14:108.1 Aggravated Flight From an Officer, and LRS 14:96 Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce.
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