March 08, 2013
This week, an 18-year old man was arrested by the police after he led a detective to a top speed pursuit using a stolen car. He led the chase all throughout a residential neighborhood in the vicinity of Dillard University. The chase was a risk to the lives of the police, the suspect and the public in general.
Detective Michael Voltolina reported that he opened his lights and sirens at around 6:00 o’clock in the early evening of Sunday for a driver to pull. As the car was approaching the corner of Dt. Denis and Frenchmen, Voltolina noticed that the man was not wearing seat belt. The police later identified Leon Ambeau as the operator. He tried to get away by speeding towards St. Denis and creating havoc along his way.
The detective pursued Ambeau as he was traveling over 60 MPH swerving the traffic along Elysian Fields Avenue that has a speed limit of only 35 mph. It was at this juncture that the detective learned that the car was stolen.
Driving in excess of legal speed, the reckless driver was driving down Pleasure Street, which has a 25 mph. Ambeau continued his speed down Elysian Fields Avenue as he turned into Gentilly disregarding several stop signs and a red light, police said.
Finally, the car crashed into the curb near Pelopidas and St. Anthony as its front tire burst due to the speed. The suspect immediately exited from the car and trotted down a driveway and leaped over a fence.
The NOPD K-9 unit sniffed the presence of Ambeau hiding in a trash can beside a residence in Block 1200 at Pauger Street.
Ambeau told the police to get the dog out of the way and confessed that he got weeds inside his socks. Police grabbed him out of the trash can and arrested him.
The detective informed the car owner that the vehicle had been recovered. She said that she does not know who the guy was and did not give permission for anyone to use her car.
Inside the District office, authorities tested the substance inside the sock and they learned that it was marijuana. Detective Voltolina read to asked Ambeau the Miranda law, then he was asked why he fled from them. Ambeau replied that he had to flee as he stole the car.
Ambeau was charged with several counts of: aggravated flight from a police officer, endangering the life of an officer, illegal possession of a car over $500 and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. His second offenses included illegal possession of marijuana and slew of traffic violations. His bond was set at $13,000.
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