Robbery leads to high-speed chase

Published 12:04am Saturday, January 12, 2013

VIDALIA — A Jonesville man is behind bars Friday after allegedly stealing a 32-inch television and leading Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Deputies on a high-speed chase through Monterey.

Jared J. Whittington, 29, allegedly shoplifted the Samsung flat screen worth $524 from Aaron’s in Vidalia at 4:49 p.m. Wednesday and told employees he had a gun when they attempted to stop him, Vidalia Police Chief Arthur Lewis said.

Vidalia officers arrived at Aaron’s to complete a report on the incident and sent an alert to all law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Whittington’s blue Ford Explorer with Louisiana plates.

At approximately 7 p.m., Concordia deputies spotted Whittington’s vehicle on Ferguson Road in Monterey and began chasing him when he took off on Louisiana 129.

After chasing Whittington for 15 minutes, the deputies noticed his vehicle slowing to a stop and later found out he had run out of gas after turning onto Ellard Road.

Whittington repeatedly ignored commands to exit his vehicle, and when deputies approached the car to arrest him he advised the deputies he was, “talking to my mama.”

When deputies noticed Whittington reaching toward the center console, they deployed a Taser, which struck Whittington in his left arm and chest.

Whittington was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery by the Vidalia Police Department and aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation, battery on a police officer, three counts of resisting an officer, speeding and no driver’s license by the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

No bond was set for Whittington as of Friday evening.

  • Anonymous

    It,ll be something similar tomorrow,,rob,thug,assualts,shoplifting,,they don,t care

  • Wilson Phillips

    He was having a bad day.

    How do you shoplift a 32″ television?

    1. You are way sneaky.

    2. You have inside help.

    I am not a gambler, but I would put my money on 2.

  • Anonymous

    he wouldn,t get out of the car because he was callin his mama,who will say he was abused by the police because he,s a good boy and didn,t do anything wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Re: how, he had a big bra on?


    He actually walked in and looked around and when asked if he needed help he said he was just looking, then when he walked out he took a tv in the box used for display by the door and ran out of the door. The employees saw him and tried to get in the vehicle but the doors were locked, he then drove off.