Press Release from Hammond Police:
May 20, 2020, City of Hammond, LA – The Hammond Police Department has arrested Taylor Cox, 26 years old of Hammond, with charges related to the pursuit. The HPD is looking for Nathan Anding, 18 years old of Holden, for charges related to the pursuit.
May 20, 2020, City of Hammond, LA – On May 20, 2020, at approximately 2:11 am, a Hammond Police Department officer noticed a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot of the 2700 block of West Thomas Street. As the officer began to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. The officer observed the occupants throwing things out the vehicle on both sides, indicating at least two occupants. Multiple HPD officers joined the initial officer in the pursuit. As the pursuit moved outside city limits, additional agencies joined the effort. Several miles into the pursuit, the troopers of the Louisiana State Police Troop L deployed a tire deflation device to disable the suspect’s vehicle on Wardline Road.
While troopers were retrieving the device, they were struck by a HPD unit involved in the pursuit. Both troopers were transported to North Oaks Medical Center by Acadian Ambulance. One trooper was treated for minor injuries and released. The second trooper remains in critical condition.
After the tires were disabled, the suspect’s vehicle crashed on Wardline Road, and the suspects fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. Officers are searching for the suspects who were in a gray, 2007 Infinity SUV.
HPD is handling the criminal investigation and LSP is handling the crash investigation.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Chase Zaffuto, with the Hammond Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, at 985-277-5740, by the Hammond Police Department’s Facebook Page, by email at [email protected]
or by contacting Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245. Be part of the solution and you may be eligible for a cash reward.