According to Concordia Parish Chief Deputy David Hedrick, his office received a report of a one-vehicle traffic accident at 6 a.m., Friday, July 29, with the caller noting a vehicle was in a ditch on Logan Sewell Road in Vidalia.
Two deputies responded to the call, Terry Thames and Michael Barker, both noticing the vehicle in the ditch had a license plate for a disabled operator. When they located the driver of the wrecked vehicle, he originally gave them a false name. Eventually, the deputies were able to locate a driver’s license that identified him as Glenn Joseph LaBorde, Jr., a 30-year old man from Monterey.
The deputies then ran a check of the vehicle’s VIN number, which revealed the vehicle had been stolen from Wesson, MS. A struggle then occurred between the deputies and LaBorde when he resisted arrest from the law officers.
During the struggle, LaBorde knocked one deputy to the ground and then stole a Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office police unit. As he fled the scene, he struck both deputies with the vehicle injuring them. At 6:57 a.m., Deputy Thames reported that officers were injured and shots had been fired as he shot at the tires of the police unit in an attempt to stop it.
An immediate alert was issued to all surrounding law enforcement agencies concerning the incident and the stolen sheriff’s office vehicle.
Shortly after, the stolen unit was located on Airport Road in Vidalia where another vehicle was stolen by LaBorde. A short time later, that third stolen vehicle was discovered in Catahoula Parish where it had been abandoned and the fourth vehicle was stolen.
With the indication that the suspect was headed toward LaSalle Parish, law officers here were on high alert and eventually located LaBorde in the stolen vehicle. A pursuit then occurred, with as many as eight LaSalle Parish deputies and eight Louisiana State Police troopers participating.
The chase culminated on the southwest side of LaSalle Parish on LA Hwy. 8 as LaBorde turned onto the White Sulphur Springs Road and then onto a gravel road that dead-ended. He then exited the vehicle, fleeing on foot through the woods to Grey Road in Belah where residents of that area spotted LaBorde and called 911 alerting officers to his location.
“We had a couple of deputies close by who apprehended him,” LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin said. “We also had canines ready to be released so there was no way he was getting away.”
LaBorde was apprehended around 10 a.m. by the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office, some three hours after he escaped from Concordia deputies. Both Concordia deputies who were struck by the police cruiser LaBorde stole were treated at the hospital with “non-life threatening injuries.”
Upon his arrest, LaBorde was taken to LaSalle General Hospital where he received treatment for leg injuries. He was then booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail before being transported to Concordia Parish to face a multitude of charges.
LaBorde was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of aggravated second degree battery, two counts of burglary of a vehicle, one count of simple burglary of a law enforcement vehicle, unlawful possession or use of body armor, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, and aggravated flight from an officer.
He also faces a charge of stealing the vehicle in Catahoula Parish as well.
Hedrick noted that the cooperation between all the law enforcement agencies involved was tremendous.
“I want to commend our deputies and all law enforcement officers involved in the pursuit and apprehension of this suspect,” he said. “It is sad, but true, that danger is involved in all police activity on a daily basis. In this case, deputies were dispatched to lend assistance to a motorist in distress and the outcome was that two deputies were injured in a conflict with a dangerous criminal with a lengthy criminal history.”
LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin noted that when he was caught, LaBorde indicated that if his leg would not have been injured he would not have been caught.
“I told him that we were seconds away from releasing our canines on him and there was no doubt in my mind that not only would he have been caught but it would have been a very painful experience,” he said.
Franklin said the training his officers continue to receive pays off daily as deputies patrol LaSalle and find themselves in situations such as Friday.
“I truly believe we have some of the finest officers in the nation right here in our parish,” he said. “In this day when law enforcement officers are being killed and targeted, I thank God for the outstanding men and women of the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office who perform their duties with professionalism in service to our parish every day.”
“They put their lives on the line every time they put that uniform on and head out for their shift,” he said. “I’m grateful to serve alongside them.”