WEBSTER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - An 18-year-old escaped work-release participant, who is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in Webster Parish, Louisiana Tuesday, is now facing a charge that could land him in prison for life.
Police officials tell our CBS affiliate KSLA that Kevonte Dekorey Austin was at the wheel of the stolen Toyota Tacoma when it went airborne after hitting spike strips early Tuesday afternoon. The truck was reportedly travelling in access of 115 miles per hour.
The truck eventually landed on top of Toyota Corolla parked in at a nearby restaurant. No one was in the Corolla at the time.
After crashing, Austin attempted to steal another car, according to Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton.
Austin faces multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated flight, theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated damage to property, attempted carjacking, and reckless operation.
The charge of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer could carry a life sentence for Austin if he is convicted. That charge is a result of Austin allegedly ramming a deputy's vehicle during the chase.
A second person, 23-year-old Durioki Hawkins, has also been charged in connection with the incident.