November 23, 2020

Mississippi teen led deputies on 100 mph chase in Louisiana, sheriff says

A Mississippi teenager was arrested Sunday after allegedly leading Louisiana police in a high-speed chase that topped 100 mph.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies say they were called to a residence near Covington at approximately 2 a.m. after a person called to report two people trying to break into his car.

Deputies said they saw the suspects leaving the scene and tried to stop their pick-up truck. But the truck sped away.

The truck fled from near Covington to Madisonville, Louisiana reaching speeds well in excess of 100 mph, the deputies reported.

Eventually, the truck struct two patrol vehicles, stopping the chase.

Deputies said the driver, Mark Fridge, 18, of Picayune, tried to run from the scene and fought with deputies, including punching one deputy in the face.

Fridge was transported to the hospitalized and upon his release will taken to the parish jail.

A 16-year-old passenger in Fridge’s truck was apprehended at the scene of the wreck. His name was not released due to his age.

Fridge faces a litany of charges including:

  • Two counts of simple burglary
  • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
  • Flight from an officer
  • Resisting a police officer with force.
  • Two charges of aggravated criminal damage
  • Aggravated obstruction of a highway.
  • Aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law officer.
  • Possession of a stolen firearm
  • Possession of a schedule II drug.
  • The juvenile, who is from Hammond, Louisiana, was released to his mother but faces burglary, stolen firearm and drug possession charges.