Man guilty in high-speed chase trial
Defendant testifies his brakes shut down and he couldn’t stop
A man who led police on a high-speed chase down Sale and Ryan streets in April — at times reportedly exceeding 85 mph — was found guilty by a jury Friday on multiple counts, including aggravated flight from an officer, after a trial in state district court.
The jury deliberated three hours.
Cody Nicholas Davis, 27, was found guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated flight from an officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, obstruction of justice by tampering with evidence, and aggravated criminal damage to property.
Judge Robert Wyatt presided over the two-day trial.
Prosecutors were Charles Robinson and Jacob Johnson while defense attorneys were Natasha George and Cortney Dunn.
Robinson told jurors that Davis, while out on parole, “led police on a high-speed chase, rammed into vehicles, drove into oncoming traffic, and ran every red light he came to.”
George told the jury that “the case isn’t that cut and dried. Do right by Cody and deliver justice; not vengeance.”
On April 10, authorities were notified of a stolen vehicle with a Mississippi license plate that was reportedly in this area. Shortly after, officers with Lake Charles Police Department spotted a 2017 black Nissan Titan truck that fit the description but it had a temporary tag.
Davis testified about that day, telling jurors he had gone to the hospital that morning to see his daughter who had just been born. “I went to see her and sign her birth certificate,” he said. He told of then picking up a female friend, Dalana Mouton, and taking her to run a few errands and eat lunch. He told the jury that he’s a “good person, went through 11th grade at LaGrange High School, and has three children.”
Describing the moment that he saw an officer in a vehicle behind him that day, he said, “I panicked and my feet hit the gas. I had no brakes at some point; my brakes shut down. I tried to stop and couldn’t. I’m so sorry to everyone down Ryan Street that day — it was the worst day of my life. But I had no brakes so I had to dodge numerous cars.”
Robinson asked Davis when he came up with the “story” of his brakes going out and why he had never given that version of events prior to testifying.
Davis said, “I’m just saying what I know. If I could go back to that day and do it over, I would listen to my mother and father and take their advice on things. I hate that it happened. I would never hurt innocent people.”
Cpl. Andrew Malveaux told prosecutors that he began following the truck as soon as he spotted it. “I noticed that he (Davis) made eye contact with me in his side mirror,” he said. Malveaux said Davis did not stop and instead “accelerated very quickly as I continued to follow him.”
A dash cam video from Malveaux’s police unit that recorded events that day was shown to the jury. In the video, Malveaux’s siren could be heard and a truck could be seen ahead of his vehicle that appeared to be traveling at a very high rate of speed, going in and out of lanes, and into oncoming traffic. The truck eventually hit and flipped a vehicle on Ryan Street before crashing head-on into other vehicles and coming to a stop at Ryan and Eddy streets.
The defendant told prosecutors that he bought the truck “off the street” from someone for $1,700 and he acknowledged that the 2017 vehicle would typically have sold for anywhere from $30,000-$45,000. “I figured whoever sold me the truck must have been on drugs or needed the money really bad,” he said. “If I knew it was stolen, I would have given it back.”
Davis has remained in the Calcasieu Correctional Center since his arrest on April 10. No bond has been set.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 2 in state district court.
Robinson asked Davis when he came up with the ‘story’ of his brakes going out and why he had never given that version of events prior to testifying.
‘I’m so sorry to everyone down Ryan Street that day — it was the worst day of my life. But I had no brakes so I had to dodge numerous cars.’
Cody Nicholas Davis
Found guilty of flight from an officer plus several other charges