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Officer shoots at car during chase

FERRIDAY— A Ferriday police officer fired two shots at a car during a Wednesday chase that led officers from Ridgecrest to a wooded area outside of Ferriday.

The chase began when a Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to pull a car over for an unspecified traffic violation just outside of Ridgecrest, Chief Deputy David Hedrick said. The chase continued into Ferriday on U.S. 84.

Once the chase entered the city, Ferriday police officers joined the chase.

Officers snaked through Ferriday on 8th, 9th and 10th Streets and Doty Road.

At one point, the car being pursued nearly struck Ferriday police officer Craig Simmons, according to police reports. Simmons shot twice at the side of the car, police reports said.

No one was injured in the shooting, the police reported.

The driver of the vehicle being pursed continued for several more miles before abandoning the vehicle.

Police Chief Richard Madison said the driver exited the vehicle while it was moving. The vehicle crashed and the driver fled into a wooded area close to Ferriday.

A K-9 deputy was unsuccessful in finding the driver, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Hedrick said.

Louisiana State Police are currently investigating the incident to determine the identity and location of the driver.