Authorities release name of suspect in police chase through Lake Charles, into Westlake

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Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 2:22 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Authorities have released the name of a man accused of leading police on a chase through Lake Charles and into Westlake Tuesday afternoon.

Officers with the Lake Charles Police Department were attempting to stop a vehicle that was part of an ongoing investigation, according to Sgt. Brenda Treadway. Officers initiated a stop near the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Prien Lake Road, but the driver refused to stop.

The chase traveled westbound on I-210 into Westlake, where the pursuit ended after the vehicle stopped, Treadway said.

The driver, identified as David Johnson Jr., was taken into custody without incident, she said. He was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the stop, she said.

Johnson faces two counts of running a red light, improper lane usage and flight from an officer.

He was also arrested on four active warrants through Lake Charles police: Two warrants for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one warrant for possession of stolen firearms and one warrant for possession of stolen things.