Leesville man leads deputies on motorcycle pursuit

Published 9:10 am Thursday, September 30, 2021

A Leesville man is facing multiple charges after fleeing from authorities attempting to perform a traffic stop and leading them on a chase through the Leesville area last week.

Jody Daniel Murray, 47, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated flight from an officer, one count of stop signs and yield signs, one count of switched plates, two counts of maximum speed limit, one count of traffic – control signals required, and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle.

According to Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft, on Sept. 24, agents with the Narcotics Task Force attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Murray as he was allegedly speeding on his motorcycle along U.S. 171 within the city of Leesville limits. Murray immediately fled from the agents, Craft said, and on to Belview Road where he allegedly hit speeds in excess of 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Murray then turned on to La. 28 east and reached speeds of more than 90 mph.

According to authorities, Murray experienced several close calls during the pursuit, nearly wrecking his motorcycle numerous times. At one point, detectives said the agents were forced to pull back in their pursuit because of Murray’s dangerous choices while driving.

After turning on to La. 28 east, Murray’s motorcycle began experiencing mechanical issues and Murray was forced to pull to the side of the road and stop at the intersection of La. 465 and La. 28 west.

Murray was taken into custody by the Narcotics Task Force agents and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

As of this week, Murray remains in custody with no bond set.