Suspect identified in Shreveport bus crash

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 12:26pm

A local man who fled from Bossier City Police officers and ultimately crashed into a school bus in Shreveport is behind bars this evening.

Just after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Shreveport officers were notified authorities from Bossier City were pursuing a suspect in a vehicle across the Interstate 20 bridge into Shreveport. As patrolmen responded to assist, they learned the suspect, while running from Bossier officers, apparently ran a stop sign at Portland Avenue and Murphy Street and struck a Caddo Parish school bus. Following the crash, the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Tedric Smith, abandoned his vehicle on foot but was captured in short order by Bossier City officials in the 1100 block of Kenneth Avenue.

Smith, of the 1500 block of Weinstock Street in Shreveport, was subsequently transported to the Shreveport City Jail where he was booked in as a fugitive from the Bossier City Police Department as well as one count of felony criminal negligent injuring due to the fact several children on the bus were injured during the crash.

Bossier City Police report Smith will face charges of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II narcotic and obstruction of a highway of commerce stemming from their ongoing investigation into the criminal distribution of crack cocaine in their city.

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