On June 22, 2019 at approximately 10:15 a.m. a 2013 Toyota Corolla was observed traveling 77 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone on I-10 eastbound near mile marker 24. 

A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver pulled over to the shoulder.    After a brief moment the driver pulled back into traffic and accelerated away.  

The Officer pursued the vehicle which took the ramp to I-210 and then proceeded the go eastbound in the westbound lanes on I-210. 

The vehicle sideswiped two vehicles before crashing head on with a third vehicle. 

The driver then exited the vehicle and fled on foot and entered Westlake Petrochem property. While in pursuit officers learned the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Texas.

Security and Plant Officials at Westlake Petrochem were notified, and the plant was placed in lockdown. 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 units arrived on scene to assist. 

Officers searched the area on foot and using plant surveillance video. At approximately 11:26 hours the subject was located exiting a wooded area on plant property and placed under arrested.

The subject was identified as Geoffrey Christopher Mings of Leander, Tx.  Mings was booked into the Sulphur City Jail for 2 counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Possession of CDS II (Meth), Aggravated Flight, Criminal Trespassing, Resisting an Officer, Hit and Run, and Speeding.

Mings bond was set at $62,750.

The Sulphur Police Department would like to thank the Louisiana State Police, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Security Officers at Westlake Petrochem for their assistance in the apprehension of Mings.

No injuries were reported in the traffic crashes.

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