A man who fled from Barksdale Air Force Base Security Forces personnel Thursday evening was captured Friday morning by Bossier Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies.
The man crashed through a base gate last night and led deputies on a pursuit before ditching his car and hiding in the woods overnight near Bellevue Road and Highway 157. Bossier deputies were dispatched just before 11 p.m. Thursday night to assist base personnel with a pursuit of Noah Christopher Reynolds, 22, from Midfield, Ala. Reynolds fled the base in his vehicle and crashed through the east gate of the base at Bodcau Station Road.
Deputies were quickly in pursuit of Reynolds’ vehicle as he headed north on Bodcau Station, crossed Highway 80, and continued up Bellevue Road. Reynolds was speeding and drove erratically, forcing other drivers off the roadway. At one point, he also tossed a large quantity of papers out of his vehicle during the pursuit.
Around the 5900 block of Bellevue Road just as he approached Highway 157, Reynolds stopped his vehicle, which appeared to be overheating, and fled on foot into the woods. Bossier deputies, base Security Forces personnel and K-9 units searched the heavily-wooded area extensively Thursday evening, but were not able to locate Reynolds.
A tip from a resident in the area just after 7 a.m. Friday morning indicated Reynolds was still in the area. As the deputies continued their search, they located Reynolds hiding behind the Mt. Canaan CME Church on Highway 157 near Bellevue Road in Haughton. He was taken into custody without incident wearing neither shirt nor shoes.
Reynolds is charged by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office with aggravated flight from an officer, littering, failure to report an accident, resisting an officer, speeding, improper lane usage and failure to wear a seatbelt. He was transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility for booking; bond is pending.
“It continues to baffle me why people flee from law enforcement officers,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “It just makes no sense and only makes matters worse; you will get caught, you will go to jail. Why make it harder on yourself by getting into a pursuit where you endanger other people’s lives and then face additional criminal charges. It’s just not worth it.”