An Iberia man was arrested after a high speed chase in Maries County that began when the suspect reportedly sped by the sheriff's office.

An Iberia man was arrested after a high speed chase in Maries County that began when the suspect reportedly sped by the sheriff’s office.  

According to a press release from the Maries County Sheriff’s Office, two deputies were outside the sheriff’s office and observed a 2016 Ford pickup truck traveling west at a high rate of speed on Highway 42 coming into the Vienna city limits during the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 1.

“After observing the vehicle operate in a Careless & Imprudent manner a traffic stop was initiated just south of the Vienna City limits on Highway 63,” the press release stated. 

But the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, according to the sheriff’s office, and pursuing deputies exceeded speeds of 110 mph on Highway 63 and Highway 28 towards Dixon as they followed the pickup in pursuit. The pickup then exited the roadway into a private drive in the 13000 block of Highway 28 where he turned his lights off, and “attempted to evade the deputies.”

The driver - Michael Bell, 22, of Iberia - was spotted though and taken into custody. He was arrested for exceeding the posted speed limit, failure to maintain the right half of the roadway, careless and imprudent driving, failure to signal, failure to produce insurance, property damage, driving while suspended and resisting arrest.