Jun 19, 2014 11:35 AM
Lafayette Police say they were contacted about a car chase on I-10 around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night which was initiated by Louisiana State Police. Police say a tip from witnesses at a truck stop in Grosse Tete led them to believe 41-year-old Steven P. Myers was operating the vehicle, and he was accompanied by a missing Florida teenager, Ashley Lyon.
By the time the truck entered the city of Lafayette, several agencies were already involved in the chase. Police put out tire spikes and deflated 5 of the 6 tires. Police say Myers' truck came to a stop on the I-10 overpass at North University Avenue after one of the tires caught fire.
Myers allegedly exited the driver's door with a knife in hand and approached officers. Officers say they deployed a K-9 and used a stun gun, disarming Myers and taking him into custody. The 16-year-old girl was removed from the truck and transported to an area hospital reportedly with multiple stab wounds. She is listed in serious, but stable condition. Myers was transported to an area hospital and is listed in serious, but stable condition. Myers is said to have suffered from the K-9 bite and multiple stab wounds.
Myers faces multiple charges including attempted murder, stated Cpl. Paul Mouton.
TV stations in Florida say Myers was a registered sex offender.On Tuesday, a nationwide arrest warrant was issued for Myers on charges of interference with child custody and attempted unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
The Tampa Tribune reports the teen left her home about 4 p.m. June 11 and had not been seen since. Her 19-year-old brother told the newspaper Ashley met Myers about six months ago through Myers' two teenage sons.
The case remains under investigation.
(VIEWER SUBMITTED PHOTO: AMANDA SHAKELFORD)