Truck goes airborne during police chase

Posted at 9:59 AM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 16:49:17-05

WEBSTER PARISH, La. - Cell phone video captured a truck going airborne and crashing in Louisiana Tuesday.

Police say it started when a deputy stopped the driver of a Toyota Tacoma for speeding.

As the driver spoke to the officer outside the truck, the passenger, 18-year-old Kevonte Austin, got in the driver's seat and hit the gas.

He led police on a chase that ended when his truck hit spike strips, swerved and went flying into the air.

The truck landed on top of another vehicle; the person inside, Barbara Harlon, escaped unharmed.

"I saw the underside of a vehicle coming at me, right at my face, and I went to the right sitting in my car," Harlon said. "I felt around to see if Iwas hurt and could tell that I was OK. God was with me."

Austin, an escaped work-release participant, was taken into custody.